In Paris, at the Elysee Palace, the inauguration ceremony of Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected for a second presidential term in April, took place.
For the first time in 20 years, after Jacques Chirac in 2002, the French president was honored and trusted to remain the country’s leader for another five years. To François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy voters were not so supportive. In his inauguration speech, Macron said, writes euronews:
“The time has come for decisive action for France and for Europe. First of all, it is necessary to act to avoid any escalation after Russian aggression in Ukraine, to help democracy and courage to win, to build a new European world and a new autonomy on the continent.”
Macron, 44, will go down in history as the first French president re-elected for 20 years. Le Pen, 53, is running for president for the third time. However, she is not discouraged. Addressing her supporters in Paris, she says the unprecedented share of the vote is still a “victory” for her party. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis congratulated the French leader on his re-election for a second term, noting on Twitter that this is an important victory for France, Europe and democracy.
Opinion polls to the last pointed to the victory of Emmanuel Macron, but the risk of coming to power of the head of the “National Association” remained high. In 2022, the gap between the centrist Macron and the far-right Le Pen was 16.4 points. Five years ago, more than 66% of the French voted for Macron, and 33.9% of voters who came to the polls voted for Marine Le Pen.
On May 7, 2017, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became the youngest president in the history of the Fifth Republic. Then he embodied the novelty, the hope for change, the rejection of the traditional right and left parties that bothered the French, the values of humanism – as opposed to the extreme right Marine Le Pen. Thousands of people, mostly young people, came to the Louvre building to celebrate Macron’s victory with the flags of France and the European Union.