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The president Emanuele Macron was inaugurated for a second term on Saturday, vowing to act sooner to prevent further escalation of Russia was in Ukraine before focusing on promotion France Other Europe on the world stage.
Macron was re-elected for five years on April 24 in a ballot that saw him defeat far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
Macron promised to “act relentlessly with one goal, which is to be a more independent nation, to live better and build our French and European responses to the challenges of the century”.
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 trade unions, associations and other people from the political, economic, social and cultural world.
“I will have only one compass: to serve,” Macron said, concluding his speech. “To serve our country … to serve our fellow citizens … to serve our children and our youth … to whom I commit myself to handing down a more livable planet and a more lively and stronger France”.
For a president comfortable speaking for hours on end, Macron’s speech was surprisingly short and handwritten. Afterwards, he took his time to shake hands, kiss each other on the cheeks and chat individually with dozens of guests.
While he presided over strict blocks and coronavirus vaccination mandates as the pandemic hit France, most of the restrictions were lifted and there was no sign of masking or social distancing at the inauguration.
The event seemed unusually child-friendly for French presidential ceremonies, with several dignitaries carrying their children, at least two in strollers. Macron, 44, has no children of his own but has stepchildren and grandchildren, some of whom were there.
Upon his arrival in the Elysée reception hall, Macron nodded to his wife, Brigitte Macron.
About 500 guests were invited to the ceremony. They mainly come from the world of policy, but it also included actors, health workers, military officers and former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. Most of those who received a coveted invitation to the event were white men in suits, despite a growing push for diversity in French politics.
Hollande, a socialist who led France from 2012 to 2017, said: “I think there will be considerable difficulties”, listing the war in Ukraine, rising prices, decreasing purchasing power and issues related to climate.
“It means that the answers will have to rise to the challenges.”
Hollande noted Macron’s message that he will seek new methods of governing as a good point, “not only because it will be a very difficult time, but also because France is very divided”.
The President of the Constitutional Council read the election results and Macron received the Grand Master of the Legion of Honor necklace, France’s highest honor, before delivering his speech.
He then went to the gardens of the Elysee palace and listened to 21 cannon shots fired from the square of the Invalides to celebrate the event in line with tradition.
Macron also looked into the military. The troops present at the ceremony included part of the crew of the Monge, the second largest ship in the French navy, the key to the French nuclear deterrent. She was used in particular for tests of M51 missiles launched by French nuclear-capable submarines.
The symbol can be seen as a show of strength at times when France is deeply involved in efforts to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine, including by sending truck-mounted guns and other heavy weapons.
Macron’s second term will formally begin on May 14.
Macron is expected to appoint a new government soon before the key parliamentary elections in June. The vote will decide who controls the majority of the 577 seats in the National Assembly.
Macron hopes his party and centrist allies will be able to win big in the wake of the presidential election. They hold over 300 seats in the assembly.
This week, long-divided left parties decided to join forces in a new coalition in efforts to counter Macron’s strategy and seek victory in parliamentary elections. The Socialist Party has joined with the Greens and the Communist Party to hook their wagon to the France Unbowed party of far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.