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Emmanuel Macron’s inaugural speech to officially launch his new term as re-elected French president is “pathetic to say the least”, castigated an ally of Marine Le Pen. After thanking former Presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy for their presence, President Macron announced what he would do to meet the challenges facing France. Marine Le Pen party spokesman Philippe Ballard called Macron’s speech “provocative” because he missed his first term.

Speaking to French radio Europe 1, he lambasted: “No, but it was a pathetic speech to say the least.”

“He was already defiant when he talked about his future action over the next five years.

“He spoke of access to care, of living in safety, and of a recognized rural character so that France becomes an agricultural power again.”

“But what did he do for five years?” Asked Philippe Ballard. “Nothing, but the problem is that we couldn’t discuss it.”

Emmanuel Macron has been criticized for his absence from the electoral campaign before the first round of the French presidential election. He eventually campaigned more actively ahead of the second round against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

“He said, you reminded me, the French voted for a clear and explicit project. But what is his plan? We looked for it. We never found it.

“So he talks to us about a new people, a new president, a new mode of governance.”

President Macron has changed the name of his La République en Marche party to Renaissance – Revival – in a bid to broaden his political movement and attract more voters ahead of French legislative elections. He launched his own political party in 2016 ahead of the French presidential election in 2017.

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Mr Ballard added: “Well, enough of these empty speeches in which he doesn’t care about the French.

“If Emmanuel Macron has a majority in the National Assembly, it will be social class, the budget deficit, rampant insecurity and uncontrolled immigration.”

“We will therefore have to say stop on June 12 and 19.”

French voters will go to the polls on June 12 and 19 to elect 577 deputies. Often described as a third round, these elections could upset Macron’s second term if the opposition wins the majority of seats.

According to the polls, the far-left opposition candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and his coalition could win the legislative elections.

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