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French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated for second five-year term

French President Emmanuel Macron (AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron (AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron has been inaugurated for a second term, vowing to take action to avoid any further escalation of Russia’s war in Ukraine and to promote France and Europe on the world stage.

Mr Macron was re-elected for another five years on April 24 in a run-off contest that saw him beat far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

He said at the Elysee palace in Paris: “The time ahead will be that of resolute action for France and for Europe.”

Emmanuel Macron
Mr Macron reviews military troops (AP)

Mr Macron also promised to “first take action to avoid any escalation following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine”.

The French leader pledged 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”.

He 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.

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Mr Macron delivers a speech at the Elysee palace (AP)

For a president at ease with speaking for hours on end, Mr Macron’s speech was surprisingly short — and handwritten.

But afterwards, he took his time to chat individually with scores of guests.

While he presided over strict lockdowns and coronavirus vaccine mandates as the pandemic swept through France, most restrictions have now been lifted and there was no sign of masks or social distancing at Mr Macron’s inauguration.

Macron signs a document
Mr Macron signs a document during the ceremony, which followed his election win over his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen (AP)

The event seemed unusually child-friendly for French presidential ceremonies, with several dignitaries bringing their children – with at least two in baby strollers.

Mr Macron, 44, has no children of his own but has step-children and grandchildren, some of whom were present at the ceremony.

About 500 guests were invited to the ceremony. They came primarily from the world of politics, though also included actors, health care workers, military officers and former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Most of those who received a coveted invite to the event were white men in suits, despite a growing push for diversity in French politics.

Brigitte Macron
Brigitte Macron (AP)

Upon his arrival in the reception hall of the Elysee, Mr Macron winked at his wife, Brigitte Macron.

The president of the Constitutional Council read out the results of the election and Mr Macron was given the necklace of Grand Master of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest distinction, before making his speech.

He then went to the gardens of the Elysee palace and listened to 21 cannon shots being fired from the Invalides plaza to mark the event, in line with tradition.

Mr Macron also reviewed the military. Troops present at the ceremony included part of the crew of the Monge, the French navy’s second-biggest ship, which is key to France’s nuclear deterrent. It was notably used for the tests of France’s nuclear-capable submarine-launched M51 missiles.

The symbol can be seen as a show of force at times when France is deeply involved in efforts to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine, having sent truck-mounted cannons and other heavy weapons.

Mr Macron’s second term will formally start on May 14.

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