Frenchman Macron sworn in for a second presidential term | Emmanuel Macron news

Macron says his second term will be “new” and not simply a continuation of the first.

Emmanuel Macron was sworn in for his second term as President of France during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace, followed by a cannon shot in the gardens of Les Invalides.

In a country where presidents are rarely re-elected, Macron won 58.5% of the vote in the second round in April against far-right Marine Le Pen, despite strong opposition to his pro-business policies and a proposal to raise the vote. retirement age. .

In a short speech on Saturday, he spoke of the need to innovate at a time of unprecedented challenges for the world and for France, and said his second term would be “new” and not simply a continuation of the first.

“We must invent together a new method, far from traditions and tired routines, with which we can build a new productive, social and ecological contract,” he said, promising to act with “respect” and “consideration. “.

Among the 500 guests present were former presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, former prime ministers Edouard Philippe, Manuel Valls, Alain Juppé and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, as well as religious leaders and other state figures.

Macron faces an ambitious agenda of implementing the reforms he promised when he came to power as France’s youngest president in 2017, as well as dealing with Russia’s war in Ukraine.

He also indicates a more inclusive and understanding style of decision-making after his first term saw critics complain that the former investment banker had abrasive and arrogant ways.

French journalist Pierre Haski said the inauguration was a relatively “humble” and low-key event.

“He tried to present himself as a humble new president for a second term, who will act on the crises [France is facing]; be it the war on Ukraine, the pandemic, climate change, and also the national social and democratic challenges it faces,” he told Al Jazeera.

Haski said one of the biggest domestic challenges Macron will face is rising inflation amid the fallout from war in Ukraine.

“It’s a big challenge for a government that tries both to support Ukraine and at the same time to limit the damage and the consequences of this crisis on the French population,” he said.

Macron’s inauguration marks the end of one election campaign and the start of another – for the June legislative elections.

A newly united political left – a coalition formed between the far left La France Insoumise, the Socialist Party, the Greens and the Communist Party – hopes to deprive Macron of a majority in parliament.

The right-wing Les Républicains was also to hold a national council on Saturday.

Macron will travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday for “Europe Day”.

Later in the week, for the first trip abroad since his inauguration, he travels to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Macron, 44, is the first non-coalition president to be re-elected since the formation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

Macron’s new term officially begins on the evening of May 13. He is expected to appoint a new prime minister in place of incumbent Jean Castex to lead a revamped government.