Show of military might as Emmanuel Macron is inaugurated as president
France’s new leader promises to rebuild nation’s self-confidence and relaunch European Union as he takes power
Emmanuel Macron, France’s youngest postwar leader, promised to rebuild his nation’s self-confidence and relaunch the flagging European Union as he took power on Sunday in a series of ceremonies that deliberately emphasised France’s military power.
“The world and Europe needs a strong France with a sense of its own destiny,” the independent centrist, 39, said in his first speech as president at the Élysée Palace. “We need a Europe that is more efficient, more democratic and more political, because it’s the instrument of our power and sovereignty,” he added, saying he would “rejuvenate and relaunch” the EU.