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Macron Ends Annus Horribilis, Calls on the Efforts of All French

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Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on Dec. 31.

Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on Dec. 31.

Photographer: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron urged his fellow citizens to look at “reality face-to-face” and embrace future reforms and modernization as he’s confronting fierce opposition to his plans for the euro zone’s second-largest economy.

“The anger of 2018 shows we are not resigned -- we want to build a better future,” Macron said, in a nod to the the Yellow Vest grass root movement roiling the country. The 16-minute address broadcast nationwide Monday night was taped in his office at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. Standing before a window, Macron gestured to emphasize certain points and flashed a smile when talking of the future and of the country’s World Cup victory in July.