France’s Macron takes power, now faces chal­lenge of gov­ern­ing

Em­manuel Macron is be­ing in­au­gu­rated pres­i­dent of France over the course of a day filled with pomp and cer­e­mony. Af­ter a bold and un­ex­pected rise to the top, he now faces the task of gov­ern­ing a po­larised na­tion

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DW—France’s new pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron was of­fi­cially tak­ing over the reigns of power on Sun­day, fac­ing the chal­lenges of a po­lar­ized coun­try, high un­em­ploy­ment, ter­ror­ism, and work­ing with Ger­many to re­form the EU.

The 39-year-old in­de­pen­dent will take over from out­go­ing so­cial­ist pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, who leaves of­fice af­ter 5 years as the most un­pop­u­lar pres­i­dent in French his­tory.

The for­mer in­vest­ment banker and econ­omy min­is­ter in the so­cial­ist govern­ment will meet pri­vately with Hol­lande at the El­y­see pres­i­den­tial palace to dis­cuss sen­si­tive is­sues, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s nu­clear codes.

Af­ter the trans­fer of power, a 21gun mil­i­tary salute will ring through Paris, kick­ing off a day of cer­e­monies, speeches, pa­rades, and meet­ings.

Then the hard work of gov­ern­ing be­gins. Macron plans to ap­point a prime min­is­ter by Mon­day and a govern­ment on Tues­day. On Mon­day, he will head to Ber­lin to meet with chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of the Franco-Ger­man re­la­tion­ship at the heart of an em­bat­tled EU.

But to push through his am­bi­tious and con­tro­ver­sial re­form agenda, Macron will have to run an­other cam­paign for two-round vote June par­lia­men­tary elec­tions that French me­dia is dub­bing a “third round of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.”

Macron won the sec­ond round of pres­i­den­tial elec­tions last week, but he is aware that many vot­ers backed him only to thwart Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front Na­tional.

The new pres­i­dent will need a ma­jor­ity to push through his pro-busi­ness re­form agenda, es­pe­cially con­tro­ver­sial labour re­forms de­signed to bat­tle per­sis­tently high un­em­ploy­ment.

He will come up against con­ser­va­tive repub­li­cans, so­cial­ists, the Front Na­tional, rad­i­cal left leader Jean-Luc Me­len­chon and pow­er­ful unions.The repub­li­cans would like to force Macron into a coali­tion.

Macron’s year-old Repub­lic on the Move po­lit­i­cal move­ment that he cre­ated for his pres­i­den­tial bid plans to field can­di­dates in nearly every district of the coun­try.

This week it un­veiled 428 of its 577 can­di­dates, half of which have no pre­vi­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. Macron said he wants fresh faces in pol­i­tics.

The 39-year-old in­de­pen­dent will take over from out­go­ing so­cial­ist pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande

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