- Title: France's Hollande congratulates Trump, warns of period of uncertainty
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF ELYSEE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE FRENCH AND EUROPEAN FLAGS
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- Keywords: Hollande France Donald Trump Hillary Clinton U.S. election result
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q5D8N
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French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday (November 9) congratulated Donald Trump on his shock victory in the U.S. presidential election, but warned the result would open up a period of uncertainty.
"I congratulate him as is natural between two democratic heads of state. I am thinking of Hillary Clinton, with whom I worked during the Obama presidency. This American election opens a period of uncertainty. I have to face it with a clear-head and clarity," Hollande said.
France would be vigilant and frank in its talks with the new administration on international issues, he said, adding that Trump's victory showed that France needed to be stronger and that Europe needed to be united.
A presidential official said Hollande had spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel before making his declaration.
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