When French President Macron, a centrist-leaning French president, was re-elected, the United States and other major Western countries are relieved.
If the pro-Russian far-right candidate had won, it was because a rift in the West was inevitable in Russia’s response to the invasion of Ukraine.
But President Putin also congratulated Macron on his re-election.
Correspondent Kim Ji-soo.
The West, closely watching the French presidential election, expressed relief over the success of President Emmanuel Macron’s second term.
The White House said US President Joe Biden had a phone call with French President Macron to congratulate him on his re-election and to discuss international issues, including the Ukraine crisis.
Earlier, in a meeting with reporters, President Biden expressed his joy over the success of President Macron’s second term.
<조 바이든 / 미국 대통령> “I feel good about the results of the French presidential election. I was going to talk to him[Macron]last night.”
In the West, Macron’s rival, Marine Le Pen, has been watching with mixed eyes.
This is because Le Pen is pro-Russian, and there was a sense of crisis that if the European Union EU and NATO were elected president of France, which has a lot of influence, there was a sense of urgency that the united power of the West against Russia could collapse.
Candidate Le Pen made a promise to reduce France’s role in NATO and promote a ‘strategic reconciliation’ with Russia after the war in Ukraine is over.
The recent announcement of a joint letter from the German, Spanish and Portuguese prime ministers urging Macron to support President Macron was also an extension of this atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent a congratulatory message to Macron on the success of his second term, the Kremlin said.
CNN reported that Macron’s re-election would be a major shock to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This is Kim Ji-soo from Yonhap News.
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