French President Emmanuel Macron was sworn in this Saturday for a second five-year term. that will be overshadowed by immense challenges both at home and abroad.
In a ceremony at the Elysee Palace, Macron was confirmed by the head of the Constitutional Council, Laurent Fabiusas the winner of the presidential elections in April, and then signed the formal document of reinvestment.
Macron, in his speech, promised Saturday to “work tirelessly” for a “more independent” France.
“Act relentlessly with a goal: to be a more independent nation, to live better and to build our French and European responses to the challenges of our century”, said Macron, re-elected in April, during a sober ceremony at the Elysee Palace.
His new five-year term does not begin immediately, but when his first formally expires at midnight on may 13th.
The investiture began this Saturday shortly after 11:00 local (9:00 GMT) at the Elysée Palace.
About 450 people were invited to the ceremonyincluding the two previous presidents, the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and the socialist François Hollandeas well as three former prime ministers: Edouard Philippe, Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Manuel Valls.
The main authorities of the State also appear on the list, which includes members of the two chambers of Parliament, the judiciary, or members of the Government of Jean Castex, who will remain in office at least until next weekend. , that is, until the formal end of Macron’s first term on the 13th at midnight.
The ceremony began with Macron’s entrance into the Festival Hall of the Elysée Palace just after the presidents of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, and of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, Castex and the president’s wife, Brigitte.
Macron finished first in the first round on April 10 and in the second on the 24th he obtained 58.5% of the vote compared to 41.5% for the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen.
The second part of the investiture takes place in the gardens of the Elysée Palace, where he will pay tribute to the Frenchwoman and will review a representation of the Army after 21 cannon salutes have been heard launched from the Invalides, on the other side of the Seine river.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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