A new era
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.