Juncker welcomes the French opting for “a future in Europe”
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    Juncker welcomes the French opting for “a future in Europe”

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    Juncker is pleased that he longer has to contend with a potential “Frexit” now that Macron has been elected President. The President of the European Commission was wary of this serious threat had Marine Le Pen been elected.
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    Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, welcomed the French choosing “a future in Europe.” He congratulated Emmanuel Macron on Twitter.

    Mr Juncker declared on the social network, “I am pleased that the French have opted for a European future.”

    Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, commended the French decision in favour of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.”

    The Pole who heads up the institution grouping together the member states, also commended the resounding “No” of the French electorate “both to tyranny and ‘fake’ news.”

    For Jean-Claude Juncker, the election of Mr Macron is a call to restore “togetherness for a stronger and fairer Europe.”

    In a letter to the new French President, which he made public, the Head of the European Executive raised the significance of the campaign, which has just taken place in France.

    In the letter he wrote, “The history of the construction of the European Union is so directly linked to that of France. So much so that the public debate that you have just had, upon the place of France in Europe, resonated well beyond the country over which you will be President.”

    Mr Juncker says that he is “confident” of Europe’s collaboration with the new President being “fruitful”, so as to forge ahead in “a Europe which both protects and defends our citizens, giving them the means to act appropriately at all times.”

    For his part, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, also congratulated Mr Macron, immediately stressing European Union expectations.

    He has invited the new French President to the European Parliament, offering to meet him with all MEPs present.

    He stated on Twitter, “We are counting on a France which is at the heart of Europe to change the entire Union, and bring our citizens together.”

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times