What world leaders say about Emmanuel Macron's victory

(Clockwise from left) US president Donald Trump, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have sent congratulatory messages to France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron.
(Clockwise from left) US president Donald Trump, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have sent congratulatory messages to France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron. PHOTO: EPA, REUTERS, AFP
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France May 7, 2017.
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France May 7, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron stormed to victory in the French presidential election on Sunday (May 7), roundly defeating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a run-off vote.

Here is a selection of comments from world leaders and other political heavyweights on Macron's election victory.

UNITED STATES

"Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!" President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

GERMANY

"Congratulations, @EmmanuelMacron. Your victory is a victory for a strong and united Europe and for French-German friendship," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman.

BRITAIN

"The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success. France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shared priorities," said a Downing Street spokesman.

Prime Minister Theresa May also discussed Brexit with Macron, saying “the UK wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous EU once we leave,” the spokesman added.

EUROPEAN UNION

- "Happy that the French chose a European future," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote on Twitter.

- EU Council President Donald Tusk also offered his congratulations, saying the French had chosen "liberty, equality and fraternity" and "said no to the tyranny of fake news".

- European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told AFP: "We have received a vote of confidence from France in the European Union." .

SPAIN

"Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron, new president of #France. Let us work in France and Spain for a stable, prosperous and more integrated Europe," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a tweet.

DENMARK

"Congratulations @Emmanuel Macron! We can achieve more together than on our own. Looking forward to our cooperation," Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted.

SWEDEN

"This is a victory for the French people and for European cooperation. New opportunities will now open up for the proactive agenda needed to strengthen the EU, including more jobs and fair working conditions, a stronger climate policy and a functioning asylum system in which everyone takes responsibility," said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

GREECE

Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras said Macron's victory was "an inspiration for France and for Europe" adding he was "sure we will work closely together."

CANADA

“I look forward to working closely with President-elect Macron in the years ahead as we work together on a progressive agenda to promote international security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. 

“This also includes implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.”

“Canada and France share a warm and historic relationship, rooted in our common history, deep cultural ties, people-to-people connections, and strong economic partnership,” Trudeau added.  He pledged more cooperation on issues such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, G7, G20 and La Francophonie, the international organization of French-speaking countries.

BRAZIL

"I congratulate @EmmanuelMacron on his victory in the French presidential election. Brazil and France will continue to work together for democracy, human rights, development, integration and peace," tweeted President Michel Temer.

CHINA

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Macron, saying their countries share a “responsibility toward peace and development in the world.”

“China stands ready to work with France to move the strategic Sino-French partnership to a higher level,” Xi said in a congratulatory note, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

JAPAN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said “the victory of President-elect Macron is a symbolic victory against inward-looking and protectionist moves and shows a vote of confidence in the EU”.

AUSTRALIA

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had congratulated Macron and had received a text back saying he was “looking forward to working together”.

Highlighting the cooperation between French and Australian soldiers during World War I, he added: “We have been side-by-side in freedom’s cause for over a century, and we are side-by-side in freedom’s cause in the Middle East today. So we have great work to do to make the ties between France and Australia stronger still.”

NEW ZEALAND

Prime Minister Bill English welcomed Macron’s victory as “good for political stability”, adding “it’s a result I think a lot of people will see as making a clear path for France”.

OTHERS

- In The Netherlands, Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders commiserated with Marine Le Pen, saying in a tweet: "Well done anyway @MLP-officiel millions of patriots voted for you! You will win next time - and so will I!" .

- In Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far-right Freedom Party, said Le Pen deserves "respect... She is from now on the strongest opposition force against Macron." Macron "strategically positioned himself a year and a half ago as pseudo-independent," Strache said on Facebook.

- Nigel Farage, former leader of British anti-EU party UKIP and one of the most vocal campaigners for Brexit, said on Twitter: “A giant deceit has been voted for today. Macron will be Juncker’s puppet.” .

- Defeated US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who like Macron had her campaign hacked, tweeted: “Victory for Macron, for France, the EU, & the world. Defeat to those interfering w/democracy. (But the media says I can’t talk about that).” Former US president Bill Clinton wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to President-elect @EmmanuelMacron and the French people."

- American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson tweeted: “Congratulations people of France. You have voted for unity over division, hope instead of fear.” .

- "The French people refused the politics of hate and voted to uphold our shared values of liberte, egalite, and fraternite," New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.