Hollande congratulates Rutte on election

President Francois Hollande says the likely election win of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is a victory against extremism.

French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande Source: AP

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande has congratulated the Netherlands' centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte, saying that Rutte's likely election win is a victory against extremism.

"The President of the Republic warmly congratulates Mark Rutte for his clear victory against extremism," Hollande said in a statement issued by his office.

Rutte's victory may help to ease concerns in mainstream French political circles over the popularity of France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, with France's presidential election due in April and May.

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Current opinion polls show Le Pen winning the first round of the election in April, but then losing a decisive second round vote in May to either centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron or conservative candidate Francois Fillon.


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Published 16 March 2017 at 5:16pm
Source: AAP

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