Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 5 congratulated his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on his re-election, and emphasized the importance of ties between Ankara and Paris for Europe.
The phone call marked the first interaction between the two leaders since Macron was re-elected on April 24, fending off a serious challenge from his rival Marine Le Pen.
French President Emmanuel Macron faced the daunting challenge of uniting a deeply divided nation Monday after winning re-election in a battle against Marine Le Pen that saw the far right come its closest yet to taking power.
Centrist Macron won 58.54 percent of the vote in the second-round run-off compared with 41.46 for Le Pen, according to final results from the interior ministry.
Emmanuel Macron was re-elected President of France for the next 5 years.
According to official results, Macron received 58.55 percent of the vote. His rival, Marine Le Pen, won 41.45 percent of the vote. Turnout is about 72 percent.
Macron is the first French president to be re-elected since Jacques Chirac 20 years ago.
Le Pen: I will be the leader in the fight against Macron in the parliamentary elections
France began voting in a presidential runoff election Sunday in a race between between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right politician Marine Le Pen.
Macron is in pole position to win reelection in the country's presidential runoff, yet his lead over Le Pen depends on one major uncertainty: voters who could decide to stay home.