May 7, 2017 / 7:40 PM / 3 months ago

Macron says respects voters drawn to extremes, wants closer Europe

PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) - French president-elect Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would work to heal the deep divisions in France that led to large scores for far-right and far-left parties and would seek to bring European institutions closer to the peoples of Europe.

"I know the divisions in our nation, which led some to vote for extremist parties. I respect them," Macron said in a solemn address at his campaign headquarters after winning the presidency.

"I will work to recreate the link between Europe and its peoples, between Europe and citizens," he said. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Andrew Callus)

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