French hope for change under Emmanuel Macron

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    French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has received greetings from world leaders, including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, on his decisive victory in Sunday’s election.

    Macron inherits a country with high unemployment, gripped by security fears and suffering a crisis of identity.

    Yet people in France are hopeful that things will improve under the new president.

    Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Paris.

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    “Oh silly French, haven’t you learned?! The worst thing you can do in the modern world is hope. Don’t hope for change. Don’t hope for better. It isn’t coming. What you’ll likely find is some nice ideas quietly killed off by vested interests who happen already to hold the real power in this country. But still, I guess hope prevails.

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    Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 14 May 2017. In the legislative elections a month later, Macron’s party, renamed “La République En Marche!” (LREM), secured a majority in the National Assembly. At the age of 39, Macron became the youngest president in French history.

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