Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the United States presidential election surprised not only Americans and the U.S. media, but the international community as well. Most of Europe, including France’s President François Hollande had previously spoken out against Trump. In fact, just a few months ago, Hollande said Trump’s actions and words gave him “a retching feeling.”
France’s newspaper the Libération summed up the general attitude towards Trump’s win with a cover that dubbed him an “American Psycho.”
#CoveroftheWeek “American Pyscho” by @libe (France) | #TrumpPresident pic.twitter.com/ZeO5i9ophl
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And on November 9th, President Hollande gave a speech summing up his feelings towards the election results. After first congratulating Trump on his win, Hollande immediately expressed his concerns for the future, and he did not hide the fact that he disagreed with “certain positions taken by Donald Trump” during the election.
“This election opens up a period of uncertainty, which must be faced with lucidity and clarity,” said Hollande.
Watch France’s President François Hollande’s guarded acceptance of the U.S. President-elect, Donald Trump: