Obama calls new French President-elect Hollande

By the Associated Press | May 6, 2012 | 7:38 PM EDT

Socialist Party candidate for the presidential election Francois Hollande shows his ballot before voting for the second round in the presidential election in Tulle, central France, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called France's new president-elect to congratulate him on winning Sunday's election.

The White House says Obama told Francois Hollande that he looks forward to working with him on a range of shared economic and security challenges.

Obama invited Hollande to visit the White House before this month's G-8 summit at Camp David, Md. Hollande is also expected to attend the NATO summit in Chicago later this month.

Hollande, a Socialist, defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to win France's presidency. Hollande promised help for France's downtrodden after years under Sarkozy, a man many voters saw as too friendly with the rich and blamed for France's economic troubles.

Hollande inherits an economy that's a driver of the European Union but is deep in debt.