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Germany: Merkel ‘happy’ with Macron win, Gabriel worried by FN support – German govt.01:52

Germany: Merkel ‘happy’ with Macron win, Gabriel worried by FN support – German govt.

Germany, Berlin
May 8, 2017 at 20:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel "was very happy of Emmanuel Macron's great election success", government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said from Berlin, Monday.

"Macron is obviously carrying the hopes of millions of French but he carries as well the hopes of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe," Seibert stated and commended Macron's "brave pro-European election campaign" which Seibert said stands for "openness of the world instead of isolation."

Foreign ministry spokesperson Thomas Schaefer drew attention the amount of votes that Macron's rival the Front National's Marine Le Pen garnered, stating that "More than 10 million French citizens voted for a party which […] if it would be in the German political spectrum, would be somewhere between NPD and AfD politically."

He reiterated German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's worry that Europe and Germany should now support France and Macron to implement reforms, or otherwise "in five years we will have Le Pen."

Germany: Merkel ‘happy’ with Macron win, Gabriel worried by FN support – German govt.01:52
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel "was very happy of Emmanuel Macron's great election success", government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said from Berlin, Monday.

"Macron is obviously carrying the hopes of millions of French but he carries as well the hopes of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe," Seibert stated and commended Macron's "brave pro-European election campaign" which Seibert said stands for "openness of the world instead of isolation."

Foreign ministry spokesperson Thomas Schaefer drew attention the amount of votes that Macron's rival the Front National's Marine Le Pen garnered, stating that "More than 10 million French citizens voted for a party which […] if it would be in the German political spectrum, would be somewhere between NPD and AfD politically."

He reiterated German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's worry that Europe and Germany should now support France and Macron to implement reforms, or otherwise "in five years we will have Le Pen."