France’s Macron inaugurated for second five-year term
Macron was reelected for five years on April 24 in a runoff that saw him beat out far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron stated that the future will be one of “resolute action for France” and “for Europe”. He promised to “first take action to avoid any escalation following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”
Macron vowed to “take action relentlessly with a goal, which is to be a more independent nation, to live better and to build our own French and European responses to the century’s challenges.”
Macron also promised to find a “fair method” to govern the country and ease social tensions by making the government and parliament work together with unions, associations and other people from the political, economic, social and cultural world.
” I will have only one compass: Serving,” Macron concluded his speech. “Serving our country … serving our fellow citizens … serving our children and our youth … to whom I pledge to hand down a more liveable planet and a more living and stronger France.”
For a president at ease speaking for hours on end, Macron’s speech was surprisingly short — and handwritten. He took his time to greet guests, exchange kisses, and shake hands with them.
While he presided over tight lockdowns and coronavirus vaccination mandates as the pandemic hit France, most restrictions have been lifted and there was no sign that people were avoiding the inauguration. The event was unusually child-friendly for French presidential ceremonies. Many dignitaries brought their children, at least two of them in baby strollers. Macron, 44, has no children of his own but has step-children and grandchildren, some of whom were there. Macron smiled at Brigitte Macron as he arrived in the reception hall at the Elysee.
About 500 guests were invited to the ceremony. They were mostly from politics, but also included actors, military personnel, and former Presidents Francois Sarkozy and Francois Hollande. Despite a growing push for diversity within French politics, most of the people who were invited to the event were white men wearing suits.
Hollande, a Socialist who ran France from 2012 to 2017, said “I think there will be considerable hardship,” listing the war in Ukraine, rising prices, the decreasing purchasing power and climate-related issues.
” “It means that the responses will have to be up to these challenges,” he stated.
Hollande noted Macron’s message that he will seek new methods to govern as a good point, “not only because it will be a very difficult period, but also because France is very divided. The president of the Constitutional Council read the results and Macron was presented with the necklace of Grand Master of Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction.
He then went to the gardens of the Elysee palace and listened to 21 cannon shots being fired from the Invalides plaza to mark the event, in line with tradition.
Macron also reviewed military. The ceremony was attended by a part of the Monge crew, which is the second-largest ship in the French navy and is crucial to France’s nuclear deterrent. It was notably used for the tests of France’s nuclear-capable submarine-launched M51 missiles.
The symbol can be interpreted as a sign of force when France is involved in efforts to end Russia’s war on Ukraine. This includes sending truck-mounted cannons or other heavy weapons.
Macron’s second term will formally start on May 14.
Macron will appoint a new government soon, ahead of the crucial parliamentary election scheduled for June. The vote will decide who controls a majority of the 577 seats at the National Assembly.
Macron is hopeful that his party and its centrist allies can win big after the presidential election. They currently hold over 300 seats at the Assembly.
This week, long-divided left wing parties agreed to form a new coalition to counter Macron’s strategy to win the parliamentary election. The Socialist Party joined the Greens, the Communist Party and jumped on the wagon of Jean-Luc Melenchon’s France Unbowed party.
Angela Charlton and Catherine Gaschka contributed to this story.
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