France’s Macron inaugurated for second five-year term

President Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated for a second term on Saturday, vowing to focus on promoting France and Europe on the world stage.


Macron was reelected for five years on April 24 in a runoff that saw him beat out far-right rival Marine Le Pen, reports AP.


“The time ahead will be that of resolute action for France and for Europe,” Macron said.


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.


Macron’s second term will formally start on May 14. He is expected to appoint soon a new government soon, ahead of the key parliamentary election to be held in June.


 The vote will decide who controls a majority of the 577 seats at the National Assembly.


Macron hopes his party and centrist allies will be able to win big in the wake of the presidential election. They currently hold over 300 seats at the Assembly.




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