Macron’s election victory: triumph and warning signal

The last polling stations had just closed, and the forecasts TV channels predicted a clear victory for Emmanuel Macron, when the first well-wishers had already come forward. “I look forward to continuing our excellent cooperation,” tweeted Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz congratulated Macron by telephone shortly afterwards, saying the French voters’ decision also meant “a clear commitment to Europe and the European unification process”. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also hastened to convey their congratulations.

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