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France’s Macron inaugurated for second five-year term

France's Military Chief of Staff to the presidency Benoit Puga, center, left, stands next to French President Emmanuel Macron signing a document during the ceremony of his inauguration for a second term at the Elysee palace, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 7, 2022.  (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)
France's Military Chief of Staff to the presidency Benoit Puga, center, left, stands next to French President Emmanuel Macron signing a document during the ceremony of his inauguration for a second term at the Elysee palace, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated for a second term on Saturday, vowing to first take action to avoid any further escalation of Russia’s war in Ukraine before going on to focus on promoting France and Europe on the world stage.

Macron was reelected for five years on April 24 in a runoff that saw him beat out far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

“The time ahead will be that of resolute action for France and for Europe,” Macron said. He promised to “first take action to avoid any escalation following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”

Macron vowed to “take action relentlessly with a goal, which is to be a more independent nation, to live better and to build our own French and European responses to the century’s challenges.”

Macron also promised to find a “fair method” to govern the country and ease social tensions by making the government and parliament work together with unions, associations and other people from the political, economic, social and cultural world.

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