Emmanuel Macron, the newly sworn in president of France, is the youngest leader of its nation since Napoleon.He was elevated a year ago out of political obscurity and into the limelight by his hugely unpopular predecessor 'President François Hollande'.
Present-day France is a society plagued with unemployment and divided with anger, therefore the young president has been handed a crucial task of inputting optimism into his nation and retuning to the french people their self-confidence.
"The world and Europe need France more than ever," Macron said in a brief speech. "The power of France is not declining.We, therefore, must hold in our hands all the strengths of a power of the 21st century."
He is termed an outlier among his peers of 'crusading populist politicians' for his unapologetic embrace of the borderless European Union, and the disruptions of globalization.He, however, has to deliver on his promises on resolving France's joblessness, otherwise the far-right national front from whence his opponent arose would roar back in 2022, a step they say, that could 'bring the entire European Union tumbling down'.
After the political failure of his predecessor, 'President François Hollande', the French people are looking to him to make true on his ambitions for France.He has pledged "to overhaul France's slow-growing economy by implementing business-friendly reforms while also strengthening the country's social safety net" and to also "push for increased integration of countries that use the euro currency, a step that would mean rich nations such as Germany would have to pay more to support poorer ones such as Greece."
Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned her nose up to some of Macron's plans for Europe, she will be receiving him on Monday in his first traditional visit and it will no doubt be observed by all as a test in the management of the relationship between the countries and the rest of Europe.
He is slated to pick a Prime Minister on Monday and his decision has to serve in reassuring the French public from both parties that "he is not moving too far away from either of them".
"If we don't want France to fall, he needs help," says Édouard Philippe, the center-right mayor of the port city of Le Havre. "The risk of Marine Le Pen getting elected five years from now, if Macron fails, is strong."
Édouard Philippe is one of the candidates frequently in the eyes of the french media as up for the position of Prime minister along with Christine Lagarde, the Chief of the International Monetary Fund.