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    French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron said that the results of Dutch general elections show that the breakthrough of the far-right is not a fatality and that European progressives are gaining momentum.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron lauded on Thursday the electoral defeat of the Dutch far-right, which he said boosted European "progressives."

    Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party won extra seats in Wednesday’s general election but came in second after the center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

    "The Netherlands shows us that the breakthrough of the far-right is not a fatality and that European progressives are gaining momentum," Macron tweeted.

    ​The Dutch election was watched closely by France and Germany where far-right parties have been rising in opinion polls ahead of general elections on pledges to curb immigration and exit the European Union.

    The French will go to the polls in April and May. Former Socialist and now centrist Macron is the favorite to win but is trailed by far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

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