Former investment banker and a European Union supporter Emmanuel Macron was elected as France’s next President on May 7 after defeating far-rightist candidate Marine Le Pen. Born on December 21, 1977, Macron will be the 25th President of France and also the youngest president in the history of the country at the age of 39. He will be taking over after current President Francois Hollande resigns from his post. As the news about Emmanuel Macron’s victory spread, his followers celebrated with delight and waved the red, white and blue tricolour flags. After his victory, he said, “A new page in our long history is opening tonight. I want it to be one of hope and renewed confidence,” as quoted by AP. He further added, “France has sent an incredible message to itself, to Europe and the world.”
With Macron victory in France, India is looking forward to the strengthing the India-France ties. PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate him early in the morning, he said, “I look forward to working closely with President-elect @EmmanuelMacron to further strengthen India-France ties.”
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Macron, an independent centrist has a liberal point of view, he is seen as a ‘beacon of hope’ for Europe at a time when UK is leaving the EU and Donald Trump’s presidency in the US is heralding a new and different approach to maintaining global relationships. India is France’s strategic partner in Asia and a liberal like Emmanuel Macron would possibly like it to remain that way and not effect changes. India was looking forward to his victory also because of him being a Pro-European Union leader, he is in favour of India being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, according to a news18.com report. Macron Presidency will likely back India in its Security Council endeavour.
At the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting in Seoul last year, support was extended by France for India’s bid to the 48-member grouping. “France considers that India’s entry into the four multilateral export control regimes (NSG, MTCR, The Australia Group, The Wassenaar Arrangement) will bolster international efforts for combating proliferation,” as said in the meeting by France. Good ties between the two nations are also important because France has territory in the Indian Ocean and Pacific.