'Sarkozy will help resolve institutional impasse'

6th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, May 6, 2007 (AFP) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Nicolas Sarkozy Sunday on his French presidential election victory and was hopeful he could help end the EU's institutional woes.

BRUSSELS, May 6, 2007 (AFP) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Nicolas Sarkozy Sunday on his French presidential election victory and was hopeful he could help end the EU's institutional woes.

"I know Nicolas Sarkozy very well, and I am aware of his desire for France to take its rightful place on the European stage," Barroso said in a statement, after the rightwinger's victory was announced.

"I have complete confidence in Nicolas Sarkozy... to play a driving role in resolving the institutional question and consolidating European politics," he said.

French voters -- as well as those in the Netherlands -- sent the EU spiralling into its worst-ever crisis two years ago when they rejected the bloc's draft constitution in a referendum.

EU leaders are seeking to draw up a new treaty of reforms by 2009.

According to early results in France, Sarkozy won around 53 percent of Sunday's second round poll, beating out a challenge from Socialist rival Segolene Royal. Voter turnout was high.

"I am overjoyed at the perspective of working together to reinforce the European Union," he said. "It's what our fellow citizens expect of us."

"France has always played a central role in European politics and there can be no strong Europe without a European France," he said.

EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot, a Frenchman, also congratulated Sarkozy and French voters for turning out in such great number.

"I would like, under his impetus, for France to find a new dynamism and undertake the reforms that are a condition for success," he said.

"France has great responsibility in Europe. From the renewal of its institutions, to be addressed at the next European Council (summit) June 21 and 22, to the great projects of the future like energy, research, defence and diplomacy, the voice of France is awaited," he said.

Barrot said the elections had also "proven the vitality of French democracy through a record turnout, and the rejection of extremism."


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