Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his re-election as President of France for a second five-year term.
“It is the good fortune of the Tibetan people to have received the friendship and encouragement of the French people and their respective leaders in our efforts to protect and preserve our ancient Buddhist culture, a culture of peace, non-violence (ahimsa ) and compassion. (karuna) that has the potential to benefit all of humanity,” the Dalai Lama said.
“On behalf of all my fellow Tibetans, allow me to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude. I wish you success in meeting the challenges ahead of us to meet the hopes and aspirations of the French people and contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious world,” he added.
In the second round of the presidential election held on Sunday, Macron obtained 18,779,641 votes (58.54%) against his far-right rival Marine Le Pen, who obtained 13,297,760 votes (41, 46%).
It was the first time since Jacques Chirac of the center-right Republican Party in 2002 that a sitting president had been granted a dual term by French voters, whose preferences have been quite volatile in recent years.