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Paris Grand Mosque welcomes Macron’s election

Centrist Macron beats far-right candidate Marine Le Pen with comfortable margin in run-off presidential election

07.05.2017
Paris Grand Mosque welcomes Macron’s election FILE PHOTO - Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris

By Hajer M'tiri

PARIS

The Grand Mosque of Paris welcomed on Sunday the victory of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election and his win over far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

The polls placed Macron first with 63.10 percent ahead of Le Pen who got 36.90 percent of the votes in the run-off round. The initial percentages can change slightly as the rest of the votes are counted.

The election of Macron is a "sign of a France reconciled with all its spiritual and religious components in order to respond in unity to the threats of division which weigh upon the nation," the Grand Mosque of Paris said in a statement.

"It is a clear sign of hope for French Muslims that they can live in harmony and within respect of the humanist, patriotic, democratic and secular republican values," it added.

Following the April 23 first round, Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, urged the country’s nearly five million Muslims to “vote massively” to elect Macron, to “choose among the candidates the one who defends fraternity among citizens, not discord or hatred.”

Macron, 39, becomes the youngest president of France's Fifth Republic.

The official results would be announced on May 10th by the President of the Constitutional Council, Laurent Fabius.

Macron will formally take office by mid-May and has to prepare for a two-round legislative elections in June.

Congratulations from world leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Macron "on his big win", saying on Twitter he looks "very much forward to working with him".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Macron late Sunday, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

“She expressed her appreciation for his stance during the campaign for an open-minded and united European Union,” Seibert said in a press release.

“The decision of the French electorate is also a clear commitment to Europe,” he added.

Merkel underlined traditionally good friendship between Germany and France, and expressed her willingness to closely work with Macron in a spirit of trust.

Senegal's President Macky Sall congratulated French President-elect Emmauel Macron on Sunday after the former economy minister secured an overwhelming victory in that country’s election.

"Congratulations to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron and the French people. I wish you every success in your new role,” Sall tweeted shortly after the results were announced. 

"I am looking forward to continuing and strengthening with you the privileged links between Senegal and France, two countries linked by strong relations of friendship and cooperation, based on shared values and mutual trust," he added. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Macron on Monday and confirmed readiness for "constructive" joint work on bilateral, regional and international issues.

"It is especially important to overcome mutual distrust and unite efforts to ensure international stability and security," the Kremlin said in a statement.

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