The current French ambassador to the United States has tweeted that the “world is collapsing before our eyes” as Donald Trump looks set to become US President.
Gerard Araud, who is the serving ambassador, tweeting his remarks as forecasters predict the Republican billionaire will defeat Hillary Clinton.
The 63-year-old said: “After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.”
The experienced diplomat would need to work with Trump and his team if the Republican becomes President, making his remarks all the more astonishing. He later deleted the tweet.
Forecasters in the US are now predicting that Trump will defeat Clinton to become the next US President.
Global financial markets have gone into freefall. The US dollar sank and stock markets slammed into reverse as investors faced the real possibility of a shock win by the Republican candidate that could upend the global political order.