Putin to France's Macron: Let's 'overcome mutual mistrust'


Berlin: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday congratulated Macron on his "spectacular" election success, pledging to help France tackle unemployment and to work together with him to promote European stability.

Addressing his supporters in the grand courtyard of the Louvre, Macron said he would defend France and Europe.

Emmanuel Macron received words of encouragement form Greek leaders yesterday after winning France's presidential election on Sunday.

Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France.

France under outgoing President Francois Hollande had in April 2015 - during Modi's visit to Paris - agreed to assemble in India some of the Rafale jets India wants to purchase.

French voters elected the centrist as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker.

"Everything starts right now", Kalifat, who has lobbied intensively in favor of Macron in recent days, wrote optimistically on Twitter.

Macron had campaigned on a pro-EU platform, in stark contrast to Le Pen, who vowed to pull France out of the union in referendum, as Britain voted to do a year ago. That means many of them may be burdened by the handicap of being largely unknown to voters in constituencies they compete for. If so, he will be able to choose a prime minister.

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"France is America's close ally & good friend", tweeted Senator Marco Rubio, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination a year ago against Trump.

National Front leader Le Pen, who lost to Macron on Sunday, had reached out to the Indian embassy in Paris and communicated her high regard for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two officials familiar with the outreach have independently confirmed to The Telegraph.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had openly backed Le Pen, welcomed Macron's victory.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump had spoken with Macron.

On Monday, The New York Times and Washington Post each portrayed Macron's victory as a defeat for the far right movement.

But Le Pen's historic score of 33.9 percent, or 10.6 million votes, showed the far right to be a formidable force in a country wracked by concern over immigration, national identity and globalisation.

President Hollande also called Macron to "warmly" congratulate him on his victory.