Worries, hope emerge in France after Trump's victory in US election

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/11/9 21:33:25

The victory of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential election prompted on Wednesday mixed reactions in France, where the far-rightist hailed a triumph of anti-immigration approach but raised concerns in the ruling Socialist camp and in the conservative party.

Speaking to state-run France 2 TV, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Trump's victory raised "questions", over key foreign policy challenges, mainly climate change and the West's nuclear deal with Iran and the war in Syria.

"We are going to need to understand what the new president will want to do as what he has said until now provoked reactions," Ayrault said.

However, the French top diplomat vowed to work with president-elect Trump "for stability and peace in the world, and for a world which tackles the key issues facing it."

On his tweeter account, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis rang the alarming bell of populists victory.

"The Left is warned. Let's continue our irresponsible childishness and Marine le Pen (head of far-right National Front party FN) will be president in 2017," he wrote.

To Alain Juppe, a moderate conservative and poll's favorite to win 2017 election, said wanting "to underline all the risks that demagogy and extremism pose to democracy and the vital choices (the French) have to make."

In an interview with RTL radio, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former prime minister and Juppe's close ally, expressed concerns over raising chances of the far rightists to win next year's race to the Elysee Palace.

"The main information for us the French is that Marine Le Pen can win in France, that populism can win," he told RTL radio.

Meanwhile, far-rightists hailed a historic victory likely to impact vote at home a few months ahead presidential election.

"Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!" Marine Le Pen, FN leader said on Twitter.

Florian Philippot, vice-president of far-right party tweeted "Their world is falling apart. Ours is being built."

With an expected intention of vote up to 28 percent, Marine Le Pen is almost certain to cruise to the second round of the election, according to a recent Elabe survey.

Former real estate tycoon Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States after defeating his Democratic rival Hilary Clinton.

During his campaign, he drew controversy due to his harsh tone on immigration. He also pledged to undo a global deal on climate change accord agreed in Paris last year and renegotiate a deal between world leaders and Iran on nuclear program.

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