French President François Hollande expressed deep concern about the American election on Tuesday, arguing that its effects would have grave implications for the world at large. “If the Americans choose Trump,” he said, “it will have consequences because the American election is a global election.”
Hollande slammed Donald Trump in his remarks, saying the Republican candidate’s “excesses end up making you feel like you want to retch.”
Hollande, who has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection next year, but will face serious opposition from the ultra-conservative National Front’s Marine Le Pen if he does, drew parallels between political events in the U.S. and his own country. “The American campaign signals themes that are then found in the French campaign,” he said.