Senior Labour figures celebrate France’s “defeat of hatred and racism”


The victory of Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen’s fascist National Front is being celebrated across the world – and the Labour party is no different.

The centrist candidate will be inaugurated this Sunday after winning 66.1 per cent in yesterday’s run-off compared to the 33.9 per cent of Le Pen.

Here is what some prominent figures from across the Labour movement had to say.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted:

And later added:

Hilary Benn, the former shadow foreign secretary, tweeted:

Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, tweeted her congratulations to the president elect:

Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the TSSA, shared his thoughts on twitter:

Rachel Reeves, the former shadow work and pensions secretary, tweeted:

David Lammy, former government minister, tweeted his incredulity that even in 2017 we are still fighting against the fascists:

Sadiq Khan, London mayor, tweeted:

Luciana Berger, former shadow mental health minister, shared her thoughts:

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