Emmanuel Macron sworn in for a second term as President of France

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech as he is sworn in for his second term as president after his re-election, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/POOL

French President Emmanuel Macron was sworn in for a second five-year term on Saturday. It will be overshadowed by formidable challenges both at home and abroad.

In a ceremony held at the Elysee Palace, President of the Constitutional Council Macron confirmed, Laurent Fabiusas the winner of the presidential election in April, then signed the official document on reinvestment.

Macron promised in his speech on Saturday: ‘Work tirelessly’ for a ‘more independent’ France.

Acting relentlessly with a goal: To be a more independent nation, to live better, to build our French and European response to the challenges of our centuryMacron, who was re-elected in April, said during a sober ceremony at the Elysee Palace.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives as he is sworn in for his second term as president after being re-elected, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/POOL
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives as he is sworn in for his second term as president after being re-elected, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/POOL

And his new five-year term does not start immediately, but when his first term officially ends at midnight May 13.

The inauguration began on Saturday shortly after 11:00 local time (9:00 GMT) at the Elysee Palace.

on 450 people were invited to the partyincluding the two previous presidents, Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Francois Hollandein addition to 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 both houses of Parliament, the judiciary or members of the government of Jean Castix, who will remain in office at least until the end of next week, that is, until the end of next week. The official end of Macron’s first term on the thirteenth at midnight.

Former French Presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, with French Culture Minister Roselyn Bachelot and French Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne at the inauguration ceremony of French President Macron for a second term in office, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 7, 2022. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes - Reuters
Former French Presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, with French Culture Minister Roselyn Bachelot and French Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne at the inauguration ceremony of French President Macron for a second term in office, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 7, 2022. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes – Reuters

The ceremony began with Macron’s entry into the Festival Hall at the Elysee Palace after the presidents of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, the Senate, Gérard Larch, and Castex and the president’s wife, Brigitte.

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Macron took first place in the first round on April 10, and in the second on 24 he received 58.5% of the vote against 41.5% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

The second part of the inauguration takes place in the gardens of the Elysee Palace, where he will salute the French Lady and will review the representation of the army after hearing 21 cannon salutes from the Invalides, on the other side of the Seine.

(with information from the AFP and EFE)

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