French President Macron will be invested for a second five-year term

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is sworn in for a second term in a ceremony Saturday at the Elysée presidential palace.

Macron was re-elected for five years on April 24 in a runoff that saw him beat far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

About 500 guests are expected at the ceremony, where the President of the Constitutional Council is to read the election results.

Macron will receive the collar of Grand Master of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honour, before delivering a speech.

He will then go to the Elysée gardens and listen to 21 cannon shots fired from the Place des Invalides to mark the event, in keeping with tradition.

Macron will also review the army. The troops present at the ceremony include part of the crew of Le Monge, the second largest ship in the French Navy which is key to France’s nuclear deterrent. It was notably used for testing the M51 missiles launched by French nuclear-capable submarines.

The symbol can be seen as a show of force at a time when France is deeply involved in efforts to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine, including by sending truck-mounted guns and other heavy weapons.

Macron’s second term will officially begin on May 14.

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