EU and Netherlands leaders are among the first to congratulate Emmanuel Macron as he is re-elected President of France
- Emmanuel Macron has been predicted to have secured 58.2% share of the vote
- According to exit polls, he has crushed Marine Le Pen who got 41.8% of the vote
- EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has congratulated Mr Macron
Leaders from the European Union and the Netherlands were among the first to congratulate Emmanuel Macron after he was re-elected President of France.
Mr Macron, the 44-year-old centrist, won with a 58.2% share of the vote – beating the far-Right Marine Le Pen, 53, on 41.8%, according to exit polls.
Shortly after the exit poll was released, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted: ‘Dear Emmanuel Macron, congratulations on your re-election as President of the Republic.
‘I look forward to continuing our excellent cooperation. Together, we will move France and Europe forward.’
Supporters reacts after the victory of French President and La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election, at the Champ de Mars, in Paris
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, added: ‘My heartfelt congratulations to Emmanuel Macron, who has just been re-elected President of France.
‘I am pleased that we can continue our broad and good cooperation within the EU and NATO in the coming years.
‘I look forward to further strengthening the excellent [Dutch-French] relationship.’
Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, congratulated France for ‘deciding against having a Trump or Brexit moment’.
‘Populism can and must be defeated’, he added. ‘This is a good day in that fight.’