Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, born 21 December 1977 is a French politician who is the President-elect of France. A former civil servant and investment banker, he studied philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, completed a master’s of public affairs at Sciences Po, and graduated from the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2004. He worked as an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances (IGF) and then became an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque.
A member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009, Macron was appointed as deputy secretary-general under François Hollande‘s first government in 2012. He was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014 under the Second Valls Government, where he pushed through business-friendly reforms. He resigned in August 2016 to launch a bid in the 2017 presidential election. In November 2016, Macron declared that he would run in the election under the banner of En Marche!, a centrist political movement he founded in April 2016. Ideologically, he has been characterised as a centrist and a liberal.
Macron qualified for the runoff after the first round of the election on 23 April 2017. He won the second round of the presidential election on 7 May according to preliminary results; the candidate of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, conceded. At 39, he will become the youngest President in French history and the youngest French head of state since Napoleon.
After a campaign characterised by energetic, bombastic speeches and rallies, Macron used his first speech as the president-elect of France to strike a more measured and statesmanlike tone.
A quote from his full speech — translated into English from the original French — can be seen below:
“My dear fellow citizens, a new page in our history has been turned this evening. I want it to be that of renewed hope and confidence. The renewal of our public life will be a requirement for everyone as from tomorrow. Raising moral standards in our public life, recognizing pluralism, and democratic vitality will be the bedrock of my action from the first day. I won’t let any obstacle get in my way. I’ll work with determination and with due respect for everyone, because through work, school and culture, we’ll build a better future.”
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The full speech is available here: Business Insider