Macron takes oath for a second presidential term

PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron was sworn in for his second term as President of France on Saturday in a ceremony at the Elysee Palace, followed by a cannon shot in the gardens of Les Invalides.

In a country where presidents are rarely re-elected, Macron won 58.5% of the vote in the second round against far-right Marine Le Pen, despite strong opposition to his pro-business policies and a proposed raising of the age. of retirement.

In a short speech, he spoke of the need to innovate at a time of unprecedented challenges for the world and for France, and affirmed that his second term would be “new” and not simply a continuation of the first.

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“We must invent together a new method, far from traditions and tired routines, with which we can build a new productive, social and ecological contract,” he said, promising to act with “respect” and “consideration. “.

He highlighted the threat posed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and global environmental concerns.

Among the 500 guests present were former presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, former prime ministers Edouard Philippe, Manuel Valls, Alain Juppé and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, as well as religious leaders and other state figures.

Macron’s inauguration marks the end of one election campaign and the start of another – for the June legislative elections.

A newly united political left – a coalition formed between the hard left La France Insoumise, the Socialist Party, the Greens and the Communist Party – hopes to deprive Macron of a majority in parliament.

The right-wing Les Républicains was also to hold a national council on Saturday.

Macron will travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday for “Europe Day”.

Later in the week, for the first trip abroad since his inauguration, he travels to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Macron, 44, is the first non-coalition president to be re-elected since the formation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

Macron’s new term officially begins on the evening of May 13 and his Prime Minister, Jean Castex, is still in office.

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Reporting by Layli Foroudi Editing by Helen Popper

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