Trump calls Macron to congratulate him on election win

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

But once he has moved into the Elysee Palace next week, Macron faces the task of securing a second election victory in June for his startup party, now renamed "La Republique en Marche" (Republic on the Move), in order to get the majority needed to implement his plans for economic recovery. But a high number of blank or spoiled votes and unusually low turnout are signs of an electorate dissatisfied with its choices. Denmark and now France is in contrast to the mindboggling return of regressive, racist and insular politics in the United States, and also in contrast to the Brexit experience, both of which were imitated by Le Pen.

The newly elected French president set out plans in his manifesto to introduce a "Buy European Act" which would effectively restrict the ability of companies operating mainly outside of the bloc to access public procurement deals.

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party congratulated Macron on his victory and wished him a lot of courage when introducing the reforms that France needs, the SITA newswire reported.

The New York Times said that France, like other major democracies, faced the challenge of "many people feeling marginalised by globalisation, economic stagnation, an unresponsive government, unemployment, faceless terrorism and a tide of immigrants".

Mr Macron's campaign members Christophe Castaner and Benjamin Griveaux said Mr Valls is welcome but would have to go through the regular application process.

On Monday, Macron attended his first official ceremony, when he joined outgoing French President Francois Hollande to mark the end of World War II at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

"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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