New French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to work to overcome divisions in society which had been shown by the presidential election campaign.
The 39-year old president disclosed this in his inaugural address on Sunday and seek to build a strong France that was sure of itself in the world.
“The division and fractures in our society must be overcome,” said the 39-year-old centrist who was elected on May 7 after beating the far right leader Marine Le Pen following a bitter campaign that was dominated by France’s role in Europe and which blew apart the traditional party structure in France.
“The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity,” Macron declared.
He said under his administration the labour market would be made more flexible, business-friendly conditions would be created to help companies function and “innovation” would be at the heart of his action as president.