Sarkozy congratulates Spain's election winner

20th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday congratulated Spain's conservative election winner Mariano Rajoy after his Popular Party swept legislative polls, the Elysee palace said.

Sarkozy's office said the president called Rajoy after the Popular Party's biggest election victory in its history.

The president called on Rajoy, the future prime minister, to join France in giving "an efficient and credible response to restore stability and trust in the eurozone".

Partial results with about 70 percent of ballots counted showed Rajoy's party winning 43.61 percent of the vote and 187 seats in the lower house of parliament, against 28.2 percent and 111 seats for the ruling Socialists.

In a letter to Rajoy which Sarkozy's office published after the telephone conversation the president sent his "warmest wishes of success".

Sarkozy added that he wanted to give "new momentum to a particularly rich partnership".

He noted that Spain and France could "work together as Europe faces an unprecedented financial and economic crisis".

"Together with our partners we must give an efficient and credible response to restore stability and growth in the eurozone."

France and Spain should also work together to strengthen European integration. "I know that I can count on you," said Sarkozy.

In his letter he also underlined "the exceptional relationship and old and close friendship" between the two countries.

"Of course I think of our joint fight against terrorism. In these particularly difficult times, I also think of the challenges that we face to built the future of our peoples in the European Union or the G20," Sarkozy added.

© 2011 AFP

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