Wednesday,20 September, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1345, (18 - 24 May 2017)
Wednesday,20 September, 2017
Issue 1345, (18 - 24 May 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron
Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron
Al-Ahram Weekly

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, 39, becomes the youngest president in France’s history, and the youngest leader since Napoleon.

Macron’s speech, too, was a youthfully optimistic one. “The world and Europe needs France more than ever. They need a strong France that is sure of its destiny. A France that upholds freedom and solidarity,” he said.

Macron will be the president takes charge of a nation that is set to become the EU’s only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the UN Security Council once Brexit happens.

Macron and Hollande spent an hour in discussion in the president’s office before the handover ceremony, considerably longer than had been scheduled.

By the end of the day, Macron walked his predecessor to a waiting late-model Citroën DS in the palace courtyard to the applause of staff. Hollande called out, “Bon courage!” as he stepped into the vehicle and was driven off into the history books.

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