The election of Francois Hollande to the French presidency won’t put a strain on the alliance between the United States and France, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday. Hollande, a Socialist, ran on an anti-austerity platform that analysts worry may complicate negotiations to stabilize the Euro and the economies of the Eurozone.
“President Obama, as you know called President-elect Francois Hollande to congratulate him,” Carney said. The alliance between the U.S. and France “is strong today and is as it was last week.”
Hollande on Sunday defeated Nicolas Sarkozy, who became the latest European leader to lost his post amid economic upheaval.
“The president has made clear that he believes a balanced approach, that includes both fiscal consolidation and efforts to boost the recovery, is the right approach for Europe,” Carney added. “Each country has its own circumstances... We’re not going to dictate to any country or any collection of countries what policies they should pursue.”