March 15, 2017 / 11:00 PM / 7 months ago

France congratulates Dutch for 'stemming' rise of far-right

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the VVD Liberal party appears before his supporters in The Hague, Netherlands, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister congratulated the Dutch people for seeing off the challenge of the far-right led by Geert Wilders after Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right party appeared to win the national election on Wednesday.

“Congratulations to the Dutch for stemming the rise of the far-right,” Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Twitter. “Desire to work for a stronger Europe.”

Reporting by John Irish, editing by G Crosse

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