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Emmanuel Macron declared that the world and Europe needed a strong France at his swearing-in as French president on Sunday 14 May 2017.

Former prime minister Laurent Fabius greeted Macron as “a man of his time”, adding that he now faced the task of leading France.

The world and Europe need a “strong France”, Macron said.

He promised to restore confidence to the French people, to convince them that “our country … has all the resources to be in the first rank of nations”.

Swearing he would not concede on any of his election commitments, he promised to support business, innovation and crativity without forgetting those who feel left behind by a changing world.

He pledged to renew France’s institutions and warned against “taking refuge” behind outdated attitudes and habits.

Tribute to predecessors, especially Hollande

The new president paid tribute to his predecessors, starting with General Charles De Gaulle and ending with François Hollande, whose work for the Paris climate change deal he hailed.

He listed the challenges before France today, including the growth in migration, climate change and the “excesses of global capitalism”.

“We are not fighting just for this generation but for those to come,” he declared. “We must build the world our youth deserves.”

“I know the French expect much of me,” Macron said, finishing his speech “As for me, I will get to work; Vive la France! Vive la République!” Read More …

 

 

The new president paid tribute to his predecessors, starting with General Charles De Gaulle and ending with François Hollande, whose work for the Paris climate change deal he hailed. He listed the challenges before France today, including the growth in migration, climate change and the “excesses of global capitalism”. “We are not fighting just for this generation but for those to come,” he declared. “We must build the world our youth deserves.” “I know the French expect much of me,” Macron said, finishing his speech “As for me, I will get to work; Vive la France! Vive la République!”