|Date: 06/05/2012 Time: 11:44:00 PM
German President Joachim Gauck congratulated
Francois Hollande for his victory in French presidential elections.
Gauck, in a cable to Hollande, wished the socialist good luck during his
five-year term "for the service of your country and Europe."
Gauck believed that France and Germany were capable of confronting
challenges facing the Eurozone.
Foreign minister Guido Westerwelle also congratulated Hollande for his
The victory of Hollande, who won 51.8 percent of votes, was "a historic
Westerwelle said Germany and France could together help the eurozone
overcome the debt crisis.
Germany socialist party leader congratulated his French counterpart.