Cameron congratulates French president-elect Hollande
Published: 6th May 2012 22:03:30
Prime Minister David Cameron has called Francois Hollande to congratulate him on his victory in France's presidential election, Downing Street has said.
Mr Hollande won a clear victory, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
Mr Cameron said he looked forward to "working very closely together... on the very close relationship" between France and the UK.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said Mr Hollande's leadership was needed "as Europe seeks to escape from austerity".
Mr Cameron phoned Mr Hollande on Sunday night, shortly after the election result.
A spokesman said: "They both look forward to working very closely together in the future and building on the very close relationship that already exists between the UK and France."
The call was described as "warm and cordial".
Mr Miliband said he too congratulated Mr Hollande.
"I know from our conversations in London earlier this year and from his victory speech tonight of his determination to help create a Europe of growth and jobs, in a way that is responsible and sustainable.
"This new leadership is sorely needed as Europe seeks to escape from austerity. And it matters to Britain."
"I look forward to working together with him in the months and years ahead."
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