Posted on12 July, 2016 | 22:45

World press welcomes Theresa May with talk of Brexit, footwear and the Iron Lady

Reaction to David Cameron’s successor from the media in France, Russia, Germany, Italy and the USA has been positive

The world’s media welcomed Theresa May’s coronation - but could not resist references to her trademark footwear.

France’s Le Figaro newspaper said she would deliver Brexit, adding: “Deeply divided by the referendum on Europe, the Conservative Party reunites - at least it seems so - behind her and this objective, in a life-saving reflex.”

Russian TV channels wondered if Mrs May would become a “second Iron Lady”, taking on the mantle from Margaret Thatcher.
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said she was experienced enough to deal with the Brexit storm.

he avoided her trademark heels at Downing Street but still opted for leopard print
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s political editor Peter Sturm hailed the fact she had not so far adopted any “extreme positions”.

However, Spiegel Online said Mrs May “is considered to be cool but also to thrive on conflict. She may need this, as Brussels will now lay on the pressure.”

homas Kielinger, writing in German paper Die Welt, claimed Mrs May is like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mrs Thatcher, avoiding “small talk and media chatter”. Riccardo Scarpa, writing in Italy’s Il Tempo, said the incoming PM had set out her stall “with the enthusiasm and determination of a woman who has already been dubbed the new Thatcher”.
The new Tory leader arrives for David Cameron’s last Cabinet meeting
However, Suddeutsche Zeitung’s London correspondent Christian Zaschke doubted Mrs May would be a second “Iron Lady”, claiming she was more of “a pragmaticConservative who occasionally borrows some ideas from the Left”.
The world’s press remain fascinated by the new PM’s shoes
USA Today said: “The United Kingdom is about to usher in a leader who is every bit as formidable and steady as the last woman who ran the country: Margaret Thatcher.”

The German tabloid Bild noted her leopard-skin patterned shoes, while a headline in Spain’s El Mundo highlighting her qualities as “high heels, firm step, absolute control, total loyalty”.





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