President-elect Francois Hollande delivers his speech in Tulle, central France, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Francois Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France’s next president, Sarkozy conceded defeat minutes after the polls closed. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
BERLIN (AP) — World leaders welcomed the victory of Francois Hollande in the French presidential election Sunday, pledging to work together on security issues, the debt crisis, EU policies and creating sustainable growth.
Germany pledged that it would keep up its cooperation with France in driving European Union policies. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stressed both countries would still work together to help the EU respond to the debt crisis, which he called “a joint objective.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel — a conservative leader who worked closely with outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy — also called Hollande to congratulate and invite him to visit the neighboring country as soon as possible, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
One of Hollande’s top campaign aides has hinted that he would make his first trip abroad to Germany after his inauguration ceremony, just before heading to a series of international summits in the U.S. later this month.
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