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Rinkevics: Macron’s victory is good news for Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe victory of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second stage of presidential elections in France is good news for France, Europe and Latvia. It shows that openly destructive and extremist powers have failed to gain recognition and support, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

The minister is certain that France’s involvement in the future development in the European Union and NATO will either remain unchanged or even increase. «It is very possible that we will see France play an active role in strengthening and developing the EU. We know what Macron’s position is in relation to developments in our own region. This includes compliance with Minsk Treaty and relations with Russia. This is why this is good news for people who are in favour of preservation of Europe’s security architecture and its future development,» Rinkevics said.

In spite of the fact that many are still euphoric over the victory of the candidate representing democratic values, there are still many issues that need to be resolved, said the minister. He mentions economics and social aspects as examples. France will be absorbed in the next election campaign associated with parliamentary elections in the next six weeks, Rinkevics said.

«There are many matters over which people are concerned, including migration, terrorism and the influence coming from an aggressive superpower like Russia, whose desire is no only reshaping the international order, but also influencing election processes. Those are the matters on the agenda for France and us,» he believes.

Rinkevics is confident that there have been brutal attempts to influence the outcome of multiple democratic elections around the world by means of hacking into the e-mail databases of certain candidates and then leaking their correspondence to the public. He believes this requires joint actions from Europe and NATO. Such cases should not be left unattended.

«Without a unified and sharp reaction on a European Union to matters of strategic communication and cyber security, other member state may come under attack. Let’s not forget that we have elections planned for next week. So we have plenty to learn from prior experiences,» Rinkevics emphasizes.

As previously reported, In the run-off of the French presidential election centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has won overcoming far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and stating he would work to ensure in future there would be no reason to vote for extremism.

As the BBC cited the data of the French Interior Ministry, Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39, the country’s youngest President and the first President from outside the two traditional main parties, since the modern republic’s foundation in 1958.

In his victory speech the former French economy minister stated he had heard «the rage, anxiety and doubt that a lot of you have expressed» and vowed to spend his five years in office «fighting the forces of division that undermine France» and pledged to would do all he could to ensure in future there would be no reason to vote for extremism.

Marine Le Pen, however, thanked the estimated 11 million people who had voted for her. She said the election had shown a division between «patriots and globalists» and called for the emergence of a new political force, also wishing Macron success in tackling the «huge challenges» facing him.

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