39 Years Old Emmanuel Macron sworn in as France President, to name the Prime Minister tomorrow.
The inauguration took place at Elysee Palace on Sunday and gave a moving first speech to begin healing his fractured country. Macron has shaken up French politics with his meteoric rise to the presidency, winning his campaign as an independent, with the backing of a fledgling political party he founded less than a year ago.
At 39, he becomes the youngest president in France’s history, and the youngest leader since Napoleon. The new President vowed to bring confidence back to a nation that has been “broken” by a spate of terror attacks and a sluggish economy.
He said he hoped to restore French values and applauded voters for resisting the wave of populism in choosing him over his rival, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, in his landslide victory a week ago.
“The world and Europe needs France more than ever. They need a strong France that is sure of its destiny. A France that upholds freedom and solidarity,” he said.
“I am convinced that the power of France is not in decline, as we are at the dawn of an extraordinary rebirth.” He listed a range of challenges facing the country, from migration fluxes, to the “excesses” of global capitalism and terrorism.
“Nothing will affect only a part of the population. We are united, we are all neighbors.”
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