Posted on May 7, 2016

    This Is How The World Reacted To Sadiq Khan Becoming London Mayor

    His win was portrayed around the world as a victory by the son of a bus driver over the son of a billionaire.

    Sadiq Khan has been named the new mayor of London – the EU's biggest city, home to 8.5 million people.

    Dominic Lipinski / PA WIRE

    He will be responsible for a £17 billion budget charged with overseeing how transport, police, and fire services are run, building affordable homes, and promoting London's economy.

    Until the campaign of Zac Goldsmith, the Tory candidate, called Khan a "radical" and linked him to extremists, faith and race hadn't been the major issue in the London campaign.

    But this is how most European and US news organisations around the world covered the Labour MP's victory:

    In France Metro News said Khan was the son of immigrants.

    Metro News/ Screengrab / Via metronews.fr!94Hkf4tHi1FY/

    The French paper told a story of David vs Goliath, of how Khan is a "Muslim son of a Pakistani immigrant" and the "image of London's cosmopolitanism", and is succeeding the "troublemaker" Boris Johnson. The piece also goes into the accusations against Khan penned in Goldsmith's Mail on Sunday article published the weekend before the vote.

    While Le Monde said Khan's victory showed that London has two sides.

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    The French daily decided to go with the headline "The battle of two Londons" in an analytical piece early this week in the run-up to Khan's victory.

    The article compared the Labour candidate – a "son of an immigrant bus driver from Pakistan" who, the newspaper said, "displays" his Islam openly as "part of my identity" with Zac Goldsmith, who was described as "the son of a Franco-British billionaire of Jewish origin".

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    In Belgium La Libre Belgique focused on Tooting, Khan's constituency and where he was raised.

    La Libre Belgique/ Screengrab / Via lalibre.be

    In a contrast to most other outlets, this French-language Belgian newspaper ran with an upbeat colour piece about how people in Tooting were proud of the result, quoting customers and employees in a local restaurant in the diverse area.

    In Switzerland Le Temps had this on its home page:

    Le Temps/ Screengrab / Via letemps.ch

    "Sadiq Khan, son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, won the town hall," reads the first line of the Swiss daily newspaper's article, which went on to report the symbolism of the event.

    The article described Goldsmith as the "son of Franco-British multi-millionaire James Goldsmith, of German Jewish origin", and added that "the contrast between the two men has been a godsend for Sadiq Khan".

    In Germany Süddeutsche Zeitung went with this:

    Süddeutsche Zeitung/ Screengrab / Via sueddeutsche.de

    "A Muslim for London" ran the headline, with the article going on to say how it had been a battle between the son of a bus driver versus the son of a billionaire.

    In the Netherlands NRC Handsblad led on Khan's faith.

    NRC/ Screengrab / Via nrc.nl

    The newspaper began its profile on Khan by claiming that Londoners do not care that their mayor is Muslim, nor that he is the son of immigrants. Earlier this week, the paper ran with the headline: "The green millionaire v the leftwing Muslim". Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, has had Ahmed Aboutaleb, who is Muslim, as mayor since 2009.

    In Spain El País also focused on faith:

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    The Spanish newspaper wrote of Khan's background but also referenced the scale of his victory.

    In Turkey the English-language Daily Sabah likened Khan's victory to ~started from the bottom now we here~.

    Daily Sabah

    The centre-right and pro AKP paper wrote, in English: "London's new mayor Sadiq Khan has gone from a public housing estate in the British capital to running the city, a remarkable rise for the Pakistani immigrant bus driver's son."

    It added: "Khan's journey to City Hall is like a modern fairytale."

    In Pakistan, Dawn hailed his victory as London's first Muslim mayor.

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    Pakistan's oldest and most widely read English-language newspaper, also published in Urdu, wrote how Khan was "the 45-year-old son of a London bus driver and a seamstress".

    It said he had been congratulated by mayors from around the world, including Anne Hidalgo in Paris and Bill de Blasio in New York.

    In Canada the Toronto Star focused on how London had made Khan the man he is today.

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    The article said that "throughout his election campaign, Sadiq Khan had a simple mantra: London made me".

    Yet differing from other coverage, the article did also cover some of Khan's policies as an MP: "Khan stands on the political centre-left and supported Labour policies including the legalisation of gay marriage, a stance he said brought death threats."

    In the US the Washington Post focused on faith.

    Washington Post/ Screengrab / Via washingtonpost.com

    His Pakistani heritage was highlighted. The article said: "The outcome is likely to resonate far beyond a change in London's City Hall, challenging the rise of anti-Islam political rhetoric in the West and giving another powerful voice to Britain's large Pakistani community just when the country is facing its own identity crisis."

    The picture caption states that the campaign was "marred by charges of anti-Semitism and extremism".

    The New York Post focused on the same issues.

    New York Post/ Screengrab / Via nypost.com

    The article discussed the campaign tactics of Goldsmith and ended with: "Khan, who calls himself 'the British Muslim who will take the fight to the extremists,' accused Goldsmith of trying to scare and divide voters in a proudly multicultural city of 8.6 million people — more than 1 million of them Muslim."

    Finally, this is what the Drudge Report had to say:

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    Aisha Gani is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Aisha Gani at aisha.gani@buzzfeed.com.

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