Incumbent president Emmanuel Macron has declared itself the winner of the French presidential election. He gave his victory speech at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris shortly before 11 pm Finnish time.
Macron was then projected to receive 58.8 percent of the vote. His opponent Marine Le Pen was getting 41.2 percent of the vote.
He initially thanked the French people for their confidence and the efforts of their own election team.
“I also know that many have voted for me today, not for my ideas, but to oppose the far right. I want to thank them. ”
Macron said he also thinks of those who voted for Marine Le Pen.
“An answer must also be found to the outrage and friction that has led our compatriots to vote for the far right. That is my duty. ”
Macron noted that the French people have now chosen a project that is humane, social, ecological and entrepreneurial.
“I am really proud to serve you again. Long live the Republic and long live France, ”Macron concluded.
The heads of state congratulate
Congratulations to Macron from all over Europe. Finland has been congratulated by the President, among others Sauli Niinistö and the Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd), who both highlight the good relations between Finland and France in their Twitter posts.
Also the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed the continued “good cooperation” with Macron.
President-in-Office of the European Council, Belgian Charles Michel congratulated “dear” Emmanuel Macron, writing that “in these turbulent times, we need a stable Europe and France that is fully committed to a more sovereign and strategic European Union.”
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen congratulated Macron and stated that “together we will take France and Europe forward.”