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US Presidential election: Statements by F. Fillon, Prime Minister

US Presidential election: Statements by F. Fillon, Prime Minister

Published on November 5, 2008
Communiqué from François Fillon, Prime Minister, to President-elect Senator Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Senator Joseph Biden.

Paris, November 5, 2008

Mr. President-elect, Dear Senator Obama,

Allow me to extend to you, on behalf of the French Government, my deepest congratulations on your election to the Presidency of the United States of America. Your impressive victory is truly historic.

It illustrates the vitality and maturity of American democracy. It is the culmination of your exceptional path, which constitutes a brilliant symbol of renewal and of coming together.

Your success is a sign that the American dream continues to inspire your people. And today this dream transcends your borders. Your victory sends the world a message of hope and openness.

Your election celebrates the strength of American ideals. It entrusts you with very lofty responsibilities. As you face the challenges of our time—whether it be the financial crisis, climate change or peace in the Middle East—I want to assure you of the importance my government attaches to transatlantic relations. France will stand by your side to meet these challenges, as it has always done throughout the long history that fraternally unites our two countries.

Please accept, Mr. President-elect, Dear Senator Obama, the expression of my very highest consideration.

[handwritten]: Cordially,

[signature]
François Fillon

His Excellency
Mr. Barack Obama

President-elect of the United States of America

Communiqué from Prime Minister François Fillon to Vice president-elect, Senator Joseph Biden

Paris, November 5, 2008

Mr. Vice President-elect, Dear Senator Biden,

On behalf of the French Government and on my own personal behalf, I would like to express my deepest congratulations on your election to the Vice Presidency, alongside President-elect Barack Obama. This victory is the culmination of a remarkable career in the service of the American people.

Throughout the campaign, American citizens demonstrated their attachment to freedom of expression and to the discussion of ideas, offering the world an outstanding lesson in democracy.

I must tell you how strongly my country admires this democratic vitality and the message of openness that has been a key theme of this election.

I would also like to assure you of my government’s full support for the Presidency that begins on January 20. France will stand by your side to meet the challenges of our time, in keeping with the long history that unites our two countries.

Please accept, Mr. Vice President-elect, Dear Senator Biden, the expression of my very highest consideration.

[handwritten]: Cordially,

[signature]
François Fillon

His Excellency
Mr. Joseph Biden
Vice President-elect of the United States of America

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