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PM Modi congratulates French President-elect Macron

The 39-year old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, became the youngest President and occupant of the Élysee Palace.

india Updated: May 11, 2017 16:29 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron.(HT File)
         

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Emmanuel Macron, congratulating him on his victory in the French presidential election.

The Prime Minister on Tuesday said he was looking forward to working with Macron to further deepen the cooperation between India and France.

Modi had earlier greeted Macron on his ”emphatic victory”.

The pro-European centrist leader was elected President last week. The 39-year old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, became the youngest President and occupant of the Élysee Palace.

At a victory party in Paris on Tuesday, Macron said the country has sent an incredible message to itself, to Europe and the world, adding that he would “guarantee the unity of the nation and defend and protect Europe”.

Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent, called Macron to concede her defeat after voters rejected her “French-first” nationalism by a large margin.

The French interior ministry said that with 93% of the votes counted, Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Le Pen secured about 10.4 million.

First Published: May 10, 2017 09:09 IST

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