The President of Ukraine, Volodomir Zelenskycongratulated the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, which has been imposed against her rival, the far-right Marine Le Pen, in the second round of the presidential elections held this Sunday.
“A true friend of Ukraine for re-election. I wish him further success for the good of the people. I appreciate your support and I am convinced that we are moving forward together towards new common victories.. Towards a strong and united Europe!”, Said the Ukrainian president on his official Twitter profile.
Zelensky assured last week that he had good relations with his French counterpart. “Obviously, I have relations with Emmanuel Macron and I would not want to lose them”pointed out the Ukrainian president, who in recent days has publicly invited his ally to travel to kyiv.
Macron and Zelensky have spoken on numerous occasions in recent months, while the French president has also maintained contacts with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, for the sake of mediation to end the Ukrainian conflict, which for now has not borne fruit. France is part of the so-called Normandy Quartet, along with Ukraine, Russia and Germany.
Macron has obtained in the second round of the presidential elections 56.5 percent of the votesaccording to the official results of the Ministry of the Interior, with the count completed by 90 percent.
This provisional count grants Macron 16.2 million votes, compared to the 12.5 million obtained by its direct rival, Marine LePen. The leader of the National Association has achieved around 43.5 percent of the votes.
Both had already faced each other in the second round of the 2017 elections, when Macron won 66 percent of the vote. In fact, Le Pen has described his result this Sunday as “historic”unprecedented for the extreme right in France.
Data from the Ministry of the Interior put the participation rate at around 73 percent, so abstention would be 27 percentthe highest since 1969. 4.7 percent of the voters who have participated have voted blank, while 1.7 percent correspond to invalid votes.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.