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Em­manuel Macron vowed to re­store France’s global stand­ing as he was sworn in as France’s new pres­i­dent at a cer­e­mony in the Élysée Palace in May.

In his first speech as pres­i­dent he said that “the world and Europe needs a strong France with a sense of its own des­tiny”. He also vowed to re­form the Euro­pean Union, which he said needed to be “more ef­fi­cient, more demo­cratic and more po­lit­i­cal, be­cause it’s the in­stru­ment of our power and sovereignty”.

Macron se­cured 66.1% of the vote against Marine Le Pen’s 33.9% when the coun­try went to the polls on 7 May. The 39-yearold, who is France’s youngest leader since Napoléon, only cre­ated his in­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal move­ment ‘En Marche!’ a year ago. The former econ­omy min­is­ter says he plans on wast­ing no time im­ple­ment­ing his poli­cies which in­clude re­duc­ing the coun­try’s un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures, im­prov­ing re­new­able en­ergy and cut­ting cor­po­ra­tion tax for com­pa­nies. He has ap­pointed cen­tre-right politi­cian Édouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre since 2010, as his prime min­is­ter.

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