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For immediate release 24/04/17

SALMOND CONGRATULATES MACRON ON FIRST ROUND VICTORY

SNP International Affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond MP, has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on topping the poll in the first round of the French presidential election. 

Speaking from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Mr Salmond said:

"It is an extraordinary achievement to bring a new a political force from nowhere to  front runner for the French presidency in just over a year.

"All progressives and democrats across Europe will be wishing Emmanuel Macron well in his run-off contest against the forces of the far right.

"On the basis of this weekend's results, France and Europe are reason for hope and expectation." 

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