In an official ceremony at his official residence, French President Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated on Saturday afternoon for a second five-year term.
Macron last month was reelected in a runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen with 58.2%, making him France’s first president in 20 years to win a second term.
The morning ceremony kicked off with Laurent Fabius, head of the Constitutional Council, officially confirming Macron’s victory, followed by the swearing in.
In an inaugural address to a crowd of 450 government officials, dignitaries, and supporters – including former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy – Macron delivered a 10-minute speech suggesting that “this time will be different, I promise,” as many who gave him a second term were still disappointed with the first.
His biggest emphasis: Unity. Macron vowed to build “a stronger France” in the immediate future, pledging to boost employment and jobs as well as confront the domestic problems of social justice and class and the climate change crisis.