Monday, 8 May 2017

Israelis eligible to vote in the second round of France’s presidential elections on Sunday opted overwhelmingly for the winner, Emmanuel Macron, France’s ambassador to Israel said Monday. In a post on her Twitter account, Helene Le Gal said that Macron received 96.3 percent of votes in Israel. The vote was seen as an effort to block his opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Overall, Macron won 64% of the vote.
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The Grand Rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia, congratulates Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the presidential election and wishes the President Elect every success in leading the destiny of France in the next five years. He is delighted by the triumph of republican values and salutes the French people who mobilised en masse to block the far right.
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Jewish groups applaud French electorate as Macron becomes French President Exit polls indicate Emmanuel Macron has been elected president of France, to the relief of the country's Jewish community. 
Mr Macron is projected to win 65.1 per cent of the vote against 34.9 for his far-right rival Marine Le Pen, whose party, the National Front has a history of antisemitism and racism.     
... The President of the European Jewish Congress, Dr Moshe Kantor, said: “We congratulate Emmanuel Macron and the French people on a victory against hate and extremism. This was a vote for France, for the European Union and for democratic values.” 
"Never has a major European country faced such a challenge to its most basic value system of tolerance and democracy since all of Western Europe was dominated by fascism in the Second World War. We applaud the French people for facing this challenge with the full force of French democracy and the core values of the Republic."
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and the president of the French Jewish umbrella organization CRIF, Francis Kalifat, congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election as French president. 
Lauder expressed confidence that the new French leader will continue to have close and positive ties with the French Jewish community and fight all forms of anti-Semitism, whether from the extreme left or the extreme right. 'On behalf of the World Jewish Congress, I congratulate Mr. Macron on his tremendous victory and know that he will work to support the State of Israel against its enemies in the international arena, in all its constructs, be it from the extreme left or the extreme right. 
'I am looking forward to sitting down with Mr. Macron to continue the positive and constructive relationship we have had with his predecessors. 'France has been a true friend of the Jewish people in recent years, and I know this will continue under the new president. 'Mazal Tov, Monsieur Macron, I am looking forward to our future friendship,' said Lauder.
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The CRIF, France's Jewish umbrella body affiliated with the WJC, also issued a statement congratulating Macron. CRIF expressed 'relief that the Front National obtained less than 35 percent of the votes cast. This result testifies to the attachment of the French people to Republican values, and this despite the context of security and economic issues, the organization said. However, it recalled that continued vigilance 'of all Republican forces is needed to contain the advance of populist and xenophobic forces in France.' 
CRIF President Francis Kalifat, who is also a vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, called on the newly elected French president to continue the efforts of his predecessors in the fight against terrorism, but also against anti-Semitism and racism.

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