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PM Modi congratulates Emmanuel Macron on being re-elected as French President

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Emmanuel Macron for winning a second term in France’s presidential election.

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In his tweet, PM Modi said: “Congratulations to my friend @EmmanuelMacron on being re-elected as the President of France! I look forward to continue working together to deepen the India-France Strategic Partnership. (sic.)”

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The 44-year-old – despite many political challenges – defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pin with a comfortable margin. He is the first president in 20 years to return for a consecutive term.

Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (local time) won a second term in France’s presidential election with 58.2 per cent of the vote, local media reported.

Macron’s far-right challenger Marine Le Pen won 41.8 per cent of the vote in an election, France 24 reported citing an estimate from the Ipsos polling institute.

Congratulation wishes poured in from around the world after Macron won the French presidential election.

“Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on his re-election. France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation — including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change (sic),” US president Joe Biden tweeted.

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In Ukraine, where the war has been raging for more than two months now after Russia launched an offensive, the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, called Macron “France’s true friend”. “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron , a true friend of Ukraine, for his re-election! I wish him further success for the good of the people. I appreciate his support and I am convinced that we are moving forward together towards new common victories. Towards a strong and united Europe! (sic)” he wrote.

President Emmanuel Macron said a simple “Thank you!” after winning reelection, and praised the majority who gave him five more years at the helm of France.

“I’m not the candidate of one camp anymore, but the president of all of us,” he said.

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