Paris: French President Francois Hollande congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential election, but warned that the American vote would open a period of uncertainty.
“I congratulate him as is natural between two democratic heads of state,” Xinhua news agency quoted Hollande as saying on Wednesday.
“This American election opens a period of uncertainty, that showed the necessity of a strong France, and a united Europe, capable of making itself heard wherever its interests are challenged,” he added.
In a televised address, the French president said France would be frank and vigilant in talks with the new American administration as “what is at stake is peace”.
As French presidential election is approaching in a context of growing public disappointment, Hollande said US mirrored “concerns that are provoked by the world’s disorders.”