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In his own words: The best quotes from Macron’s inauguration speech

Emmanuel Macron took over as French president on Sunday, promising to heal the country's divisions and breathe new life into the European Union.

In his own words: The best quotes from Macron's inauguration speech
Emmanuel Macron arrives for his inauguration. Photo: AFP

Here are quotes from his inauguration speech:

On France

“The time has come for France to meet the challenges of our time. The divisions and fractures that run through our society must be overcome, whether they be economic, social, political or moral.”

The first of two priorities is “to give back to the French people the confidence that has been flagging for too long.”

“I can assure you I didn't think for a single second that (the confidence) was restored as if by magic on the evening of May 7th (the night of his election victory). It will be slow, demanding but essential work.”

“I will convince our compatriots that France's power is not in decline, but that we are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance because we have all the qualities which will make, and do make, the great powers of the 21st century.”

 On Europe and the world

“The world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny.”

“We need Europe and it will be reformed and relaunched because it protects us and allows us to project our values in the world.”

“The world needs what French men and women have always taught it: the audacity of freedom, the demand for equality and the desire for fraternity.”

On his predecessors

General Charles de Gaulle “restored France's place among the nations of the world”.

Valery Giscard d'Estaing “helped France and French society enter the modern world”.

Francois Mitterrand “managed to reconcile the French dream and the European dream”.

Jacques Chirac “showed we are a country able to say no to those rushing to war”.

Nicolas Sarkozy “spared none of his energy to resolve the financial crisis which hit the world so violently”.

François Hollande helped bring about the Paris climate warming agreement “and protected the French people in a world hit by terrorism”.

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French lawmakers push for abortion rights to be enshrined in constitution

After the seismic decision of the US Supreme Court on Friday, French MPs are calling for the right to abortion in France to be protected by the constitution.

French lawmakers push for abortion rights to be enshrined in constitution

Lawmakers from French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party are to propose a parliamentary bill on Saturday that would enshrine the right to abortion in the constitution. 

The move comes after the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe v. Wade” decision on Friday.

“In France we guarantee and advance the rights of women. We protect them,” said Aurore Bergé – the head of Renaissance in the Assemblée nationale and one of the key sponsors of the bill. 

Another co-sponsor, Marie-Pierre Rixain tweeted: “What happens in elsewhere cannot happen in France. We must protect the right to abortion for future generations. 

In 2018 and 2019, Emmanuel Macron’s party – which back then was known as La République en Marche – refused to back bills proposed by left-wing party, La France Insoumise, to enshrine abortion rights into the constitution. 

In a Saturday interview with France Inter, Bergé suggested that the success of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National during parliamentary elections earlier this month had created a sense of newfound urgency. 

She described the far-right MPs as “fierce opponents of women’s access to abortion” and said it was important “to take no risk” in securing it. 

READ MORE France’s Macron condemns US abortion ruling

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has come out in support of the bill. 

The left-wing opposition block, NUPES, also backs it and had planned to propose an identical piece legislation of its own on Monday. 

Macron is seeking parliamentary allies to pass reforms after his formation lost its majority in legislative elections earlier this month.

The legal timeframe to terminate a pregnancy in France was extended from 12 to 14 weeks in the last legislature.

Changing the constitution requires the National Assembly and Senate to adopt the same text, then a three-fifths majority of parliament sitting in congress. The other option is a referendum.

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