Trump calls Macron to congratulate him on election win

19 May, 2017, 23:11 | Author: Ora Austin
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President Reuven Rivlin today sends a letter of congratulations to the president-elect of France, Emmanuel Macron, following his election yesterday.

The centrist Macron defeated far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday's presidential runoff. For them, Macron's victory brought badly needed relief after last year's shock election results in Britain and the United States, widely seen as revolts against "establishment" candidates and institutions.

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

"After Brexit and Trump's victory, the Western world and Europe have been spared another political natural disaster", said German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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The King also voiced willingness to work with President Macron to "consolidate this exemplary cooperation so that we take up the multiple challenges in our Euro-Mediterranean space and the Sahel-Saharan region". "I look very much forward to working with him".

Macron, by contrast, embraced globalization, winning an unusually high-profile endorsement last week from former President Barack Obama.

"I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run", Obama said in a video endorsing Macron. "He appeals to people's hopes, and not their fears".

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