Emmanuel Macron Takes Office As French President

Emmanuel Macron Takes Office As French President
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Emmanuel Macron, 39-year-old centrist -France’s youngest ever president-, has been inaugurated as France’s new president at the Élysée Palace, a week after his victory in last week’s run-off poll.

emmanuel-macronFollowing the handover of power, an inspection of troops will be followed by a 21-gun salute.

Mr Macron will then visit the Arc de Triomphe and lay flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Macron beat his far right rival Marine Le Pen to the presidency, winning more than 65 percent of the vote on May 7.

In his first speech as president, Macron said France had chosen “hope”.

Première Dame Brigitte Macron“The whole world has watched our presidential election,” he said. “The responsibility with which they have entusted me is an honour. The world and Europe have today, more than ever, a need for France. They want a France that is sure of its destiny.

“The world needs what French men and woman have always taught it, freedom, equality and fraternity.”

He said France was not in decline, but at the start of an “extraordinary renaissance”, adding he would boost employment, protect companies and engage with French people who feel ignored.

He takes over from François Hollande, whose five-year term was plagued by high unemployment figures.

Hollande is also delighted at the election of the former investment banker.

“I am not handing over power to a political opponent, it’s far simpler,” Hollande said on Thursday.

Though Macron won a large majority, he inherits a deeply divided country. Many voters said they cast their ballot for him reluctantly, in a bid to boot out the far right.

On Monday, Macron is expected to reveal the closely-guarded name of his prime minister, before flying to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

It is virtually a rite of passage for French leaders to make their first European trip to meet the leader of the other half of the so-called “motor” of the EU.

Pro-EU Macron wants to push for closer cooperation to help the bloc overcome the imminent departure of Britain, another of its most powerful members.

 

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