World leaders react to Macron's election victory

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By Pierre Bertrand
World leaders react to Macron's election victory

The victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French Presidential election has generated a mix of jubilation among pro-EU groups and future far-right opposition.

Marine Le Pen
Defeated presidential candidate, second round

“Through this historic and massive result, the French have highlighted the patriotic and republican alliance as the new President’s main opposition. The political parties which took the responsibility of electing M. Macron discredited themselves and have lost their legitimacy in claiming to represent forces for change or credible opposition”.

Francois Hollande
Current French President

“I called Emmanuel Macron to warmly congratulate him on his election. I expressed to him by best wishes for the success of our country.”

Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany

“Your victory is a victory for a strong united Europe and for German-French friendship”.

Donald Tusk
European Council President

“Congratulations to French people for choosing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity over tyranny of fake news”.

Jean-Claude Juncker
European Commission President

“I am delighted that the ideas you defended of a strong and progressive Europe, which protects all its citizens, will be those that you will carry into your presidency in the debate about the history of Europe”.

Theresa May
UK Prime Minister

“France is our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shared policies”.

Paolo Gentiloni
Italy Prime Minister

“Hurrah Macron President! There is hope for Europe!”

Nigel Farage
Former UKIP leader

“Macron offers five more years of failure, more power to the EU and a continuation of open borders. If Marine sticks in there, she can win in 2022”.

Donald Trump
President of the 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”.