The fresh-faced leader of France had a 10-minute conversation with Europe’s most powerful leader just minutes after learning of his election victory and promised her he would visit Berlin “very quickly”.
A source close to the former banker said the exchange was “very warm”, with the two pro-EU politicians having previously agreed on a future path for Europe which will see more power centralised in Brussels.
After the conservation, Mrs Merkel’s spokesman said: “She praised him for championing a united European Union that is open to the world. The decision of French voters is therefore a clear commitment to Europe.”
But the new president was mercilessly mocked on social media by both French and English speaking users, who said his choice to call Mrs Merkel first showed he would be a “servant” to Berlin.