Macron inaugurated for second term filled with challenges

President Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated for a new term after his election victory over the far right made him the first French head of state for 20 years to win a second mandate. Macron faces a daunting agenda of implementing the reforms he vowed when he came to power as France’s youngest-ever president in 2017, as well as dealing with the Russian assault against Ukraine.

Macron’s second term officially started when the first one expires at midnight on May 13. It comes at a time of political flux in the wake of Macron’s election victory, as France gears up for legislative polls that swiftly follow in June. Macron is expected to name a new premier in place of incumbent Jean Castex to lead a revamped government into the elections, but not until his second term officially kicks off.