Biden congratulates Macron after first call failed
US President Joe Biden calls the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him and praise the close and enduring relations between the two.
After a first trial to call the French President failed because he was out celebrating his victory, US President Joe Biden managed on Monday to finally congratulate him on his re-election.
According to a White House statement, the US President called Macron and "underscored the close and enduring relations between the United States and France, our oldest ally, based on shared democratic values, economic ties, and security cooperation."
"President Biden conveyed his readiness to continue working closely with President Macron on our shared global priorities."
Biden tried to reach out to Macron on Sunday after the news he had defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen was confirmed; however, he was not able to reach the newly re-elected president because the latter was celebrating with a crowd of supporters.
"I tried to talk to him last night. I spoke to his staff and he was at the Eiffel Tower having a good time," the US President told reporters earlier Monday.
As Macron won the elections, again, with 58%, heads of state rushed to congratulate the old-new French President.
Emmanuel Macron reelected President of France
Current French President Emmanuel Macron has won the 2022 French presidential elections, renewing his term after being elected as President in 2017.
The French President won by 58%, while his opponent, Marine Le Pen, received a 42% of the voter turnout.
Although there was a relatively low voter turnout, the elections this year exhibited high competitiveness, with Macron projecting popularity among French citizens despite his neoliberal policies.
He was on course Sunday to win a second term by defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen in presidential elections, projections showed.
Macron was set to win 57.0-58.5% of the vote compared with Le Pen on 41.5-43.0%, according to projections by polling firms for French television channels based on a sample of the vote count.
The result is narrower than their second-round clash in 2017 when the same two candidates met in the run-off and Macron polled over 66% of the vote.