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Presidential Contest Overshadows Macron’s EU Ambitions Speech

Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel MacronPhotographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Emmanuel Macron marked the start of his turn at the helm of the European Union with a speech in Strasbourg outlining his goals for the bloc, but the Q&A was overshadowed by France’s upcoming presidential elections. 

“Fight to defend our democracies. Fight to keep the sovereignty of people progressing. Fight for the rule of law. That is liberal democracy,” Macron told members of the European Parliament on Wednesday as he kicked off his address.