The fourth re-elected President of the Fifth Republic, after De Gaulle, Mitterrand and Chirac, Emmanuel Macron, was installed at the Elysée for the second time this Saturday morning. Announced under the sign of sobriety, the event nonetheless provided an opportunity to invite nearly 450 people, an exceptionally high number for a second investiture ceremony. In the crowded village hall was a class of college students, intellectuals, and artists, as well as many politicians and institutions to whom they owed their allegiance or service. Caregivers, local elected officials, federation leaders and athletes were also present to provide guidance on the new priorities. And for the first time, as a sign of continuity and unity, two former presidents, Nicolas Sarkozy on the right and François Hollande on the left.
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A very programmatic “guest list”, especially since the President’s speech on this topic was expected. The color of his project remains unclear and the appointment of his new government is long overdue after a campaign that emerged late and revealed strong lines of tension, particularly on social and economic issues.
After the President of the Constitutional Council, Laurent Fabius, announced the victory of Emmanuel Macron, insisting on “troubled times” and that he, the re-elected President, be presented with the necklace of the Grand Master of the Legion of Honour, again engraved in his name, seized therefore the word.
A short and intensive speech, in the name of action, the rejection of the fatal in the face of increasing crises. The President has actually listed the points on which he wants to “act” as a “new” President of a new people, “unlike five years ago”. He wants an open, European, but more “independent” and also “stronger” France, becoming a “great ecological power”, ensuring an “ever more inclusive school” and “uniting its territories” because “action is the twin of unity, of respect”.
The Promise of a “New Method”
Emmanuel Macron promised “a new method” by uniting more with a “productive, social and environmental contract” in mind, assuring that he will lay “the foundation of the democratic renaissance” his country “needs”. Reference to the new name of his party “Renaissance” and to the multiple debates on the democratic malaise, which regularly bring the extremes to the table, such as the role of Parliament or proportional representation, which can ensure a better representativeness of the anger present in the country .
Emmanuel Macron also sent several messages to young people, to whom he “sworn an oath to leave behind a more livable planet and a more vibrant France”.
Emmanuel Macron to young people: “I swear to leave them a more livable planet and a more vibrant France” pic.twitter.com/h6zdnRiedM
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Laurent Fabius in his introduction and the re-elected President in his speech both stressed the “challenge of peace, or rather war, criminally imposed on our continent” and the need to act “to avoid any escalation following Russian aggression”. second.
Emmanuel Macron also regularly recalled his ties to Europe. The flags of all the countries of the Union were also highlighted behind the orchestra that greeted the President to the tunes of a Handel concert. Emmanuel Macron is expected in Strasbourg this Monday, Europe Day, to deliver a major speech to the European Parliament before traveling to Berlin to meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz, his first trip abroad since his re-election.
We therefore know a little more about the priorities of this new five-year term, which will not officially begin for another week, on May 14th. Then comes the appointment of the new prime minister and his government, as well as the general elections in mid-June, which will put the final programmatic polish on a mandate that should be more open, particularly on the left.