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Brexiteer and former Margaret Thatcher aide Nile Gardiner have launched a scathing attack on French President Macron and Brussels. In a furious tweet on Sunday, Mr Gardiner said that despite Mr Macron’s victory, France’s power was in “decline” as he compared the country to Britain’s Brexit.

He wrote: “Whatever the outcome of the French presidential election, France is a big hopeless case of a socialist Eurofederalist government in deep decline and that will not change.

“Brexit Britain, on the other hand, is dynamic, forward-looking and world-leading.

“That’s why so many French people fled to the UK.”

The Brexiteer also lambasted the French leader when responding to US President Joe Biden’s congratulatory message to Mr Macron.

The US leader wrote: “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on his re-election.

“France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges.

“I look forward to the continuation of our close cooperation, in particular to support Ukraine, defend democracy and fight against climate change.”

To which Mr Gardiner replied: “Actually, Joe, the French have been stabbing Ukraine in the back for years selling weapons to the Russians.

“And Emmanuel Macron played the role of Putin’s poodle before and after the Russian invasion.

“Ukrainians don’t trust him at all.”

Final results from Sunday’s second round showed Mr Macron winning 58.54% of the vote, a result line with a late ballot but a bigger margin of victory than many previous polls had predicted.

The result also gives the far right its biggest ever share of the presidential poll.

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The French leader vowed to resolve deep divisions within France as results showed a clear victory in the presidential election over Marine Le Pen, acknowledging that many voted for him mainly to thwart his hardline opponent right.

He said: “Many in this country voted for me not because they support my ideas but to ward off those of the far right. I want to thank them and know that I owe them a debt in the years to come. to come.

“We will have to be caring and respectful because our country is riddled with so many doubts, so many divisions.”

While Macron’s margin of victory was comfortable, it was well below the 66.1% he scored against the same opponent in their first run-off in 2017, and even further from the 82% achieved by the conservative Jacques Chirac in 2002 when the extreme right did it for the first time. in the second round.

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Far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon – who came third behind Le Pen in the first round – immediately called the June 12-19 legislative elections the “third round” of the presidential election.

It is a ballot in which opposition parties on all sides hope to win.

The conservative daily Le Figaro wrote in its main editorial on Monday: “In truth, the marble statue is a giant with feet of clay. Emmanuel Macron knows it well… he will not benefit from any grace period.”

The message across the Macron camp on Monday was that they would listen more, after a first term in which Mr Macron himself initially called his leadership style “Jupiterian”, suggesting he would stay above the political melee.


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