French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said the European Union would closely follow the respect of certain human rights and values such as women's access to abortion, as she responded to Italy's election result.
"In Europe, we have certain values and, obviously, we will be vigilant," Borne told RMC Radio and BFM TV.
"It is a human rights value and the respect of others, namely the right to have access to abortion, should be upheld by all," Borne also said, while adding she did not want to comment on the "democratic choice of the Italian people."
"It is a human rights value and the respect of others, namely the right to have access to abortion, should be upheld by all."French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne
President Emmanuel Macron's office soon published a statement, saying it respected the choices made by voters in Italy
"As neighbours and friends, we must continue to work together," the Elysee Palace said in a statement.
"It is within Europe that we will overcome our common challenges."
Giorgia Meloni looked set to become Italy's first woman prime minister at the head of its most right-wing government since World War Two.
US will work with new Italian government on shared global challenges
The United States will work with the new government in Italy on a full range of shared global challenges, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday.
The right-wing alliance that won Italy's national election will usher in a rare era of political stability to tackle an array of problems besieging the euro zone's third largest economy, one of its senior figures said on Monday.
During the election campaign, Meloni has repeatedly denied suggestions she might roll back legislation on abortion or gay rights, while reaffirming her opposition to adoptions and surrogacy for LGBT couples.