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Officially President, Macron will Give French Back The Confidence

Officially President, Macron will Give French Back The Confidence
Laurent Fabius, president of France Constitutional Council proclaimed Emmanuel Macron as president / BFMTV
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PARIS - Today, Laurent Fabius, president of the France Constitutional Council, has proclaimed Emmanuel Macron as president.

"In order to be the man of one's country, one must be the man of your time. By the sovereign choice of the people, you are now, above all ... the man of our country ... President of the Republic," he said.

After proclaimed, this new president of France directly said if he opened his term with talk of a new renaissance.

"The world needs what the French have always taught. For decades France has doubted herself. But,  the world, and Europe, need France more than ever. My mandate will give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves," he said

He added, he would convince the people that "the power of France is not declining, that we are on the brink of a great renaissance."

The election of Emmanuel Macron has triggered a political earthquake in French politics. A year ago, he was a member of the government of one of the most unpopular French presidents in history. Now, at 39, he has won France's presidential election, defeating first the mainstream centre left and centre right and now the far right as well.

Macron recorded becomes France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte. He beat National Front's Marine Le Pen with 66 percent of the vote and become fielding candidates for all 577 seats in next month's parliamentary elections.

He also had a positive message. Macron's political persona appears beset with contradictions.

The "newcomer" who was President Hollande's protege and then economy minister; the ex-investment banker running a grassroots movement; the centrist with a radical programme to slash the public sector.

It was perfect ammunition for run-off rival Marine Le Pen, who said he was the candidate of the elite, not the novice he said he was.

But he dodged attempts to label him as another François Hollande, creating a profile that resonated among people desperate for something new.

"There is a very prevalent pessimistic mood in France -in a way, too pessimistic- and he comes with a very optimistic, positive message," says Marc-Olivier Padis.

"He's young, full of energy, and he's not explaining what he'll do for France but how people will get opportunities. He's the only one to have this kind of message," he added.



(rnz)