Sturgeon 'delighted' as she congratulates Macron on re-election

The First Minister congratulated the French president after his rival Marine Le Pen conceded defeat.

Nicola Sturgeon ‘delighted’ as she congratulates Emmanuel Macron on re-election Getty Images

‘Delighted’ Nicola Sturgeon has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his re-election as president of France.

The First Minister sent her congratulations after Macron’s far-right rival Marine Le Pen conceded defeat on Sunday night.

She said: “I am delighted that the Scottish and French governments continue to work in close partnership on the issues shared by our two countries, such as climate change, biodiversity, culture and our common European values.”

President Macron said a simple “thank you” after winning re-election, and praised the majority who gave him five more years at the helm of France.

Macron also thanked people who voted for him not because they embrace his ideas but because they wanted to reject Le Pen.

He said: “I’m not the candidate of one camp anymore, but the president of all of us,”.

Macron arrived on the plaza where his supporters gathered, beneath the Eiffel Tower, to the sound of the Ode to Joy, the European Union’s anthem, hand in hand with his wife, Brigitte.

Polling agencies’ projections released as the last voting stations closed said Macron was on course to beat Le Pen by a double-digit margin.