Emmanuel Macron presented the last wishes of his five-year term before 2022, “perhaps the year of the end of the epidemic”

Emmanuel Macron sent, Friday, December 31 at 8 p.m., the last wishes of his five-year term to the French under the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, the opportunity to highlight his results four months before the presidential election, despite a climate weighed down by the epidemic outbreak, which once again vampirizes the news.

The Head of State warned that “The coming weeks will be difficult”, but that there was “Real reasons to hope” and “2022 may be the year of the end of the epidemic”. “Vaccination is our greatest asset”, he said, promising to “Do everything to preserve the activity of the country” and “Avoid taking restrictions that weigh on our freedom”. He recalled that it would be possible to overcome the epidemic wave by limiting restrictions as much as possible.

Call for vaccination

Standing, with the Elysée garden in the background, he once again called for vaccination against this Omicron variant. “So contagious”. “I appeal to the 5 million unvaccinated people: make this simple gesture for yourself, for your compatriots, for our country. All of France is counting on you. “

“France, despite the hardships, is stronger today than two years ago”, insisted Mr. Macron, recalling several of the reforms. “I am resolutely optimistic for the coming year, but not only the year 2022, also for the years to come”, he added. “Never for fifteen years has unemployment been so low”, he clarified.

With the pandemic, “Where we could have postponed everything, we have never given up our collective ambition”, said the head of state. “In recent weeks and months alone, decisions that have been talked about for decades have been and will be taken”, he added, citing among others the “Unemployment insurance reform”, the measures of “Purchasing power”, “the increase in the salaries of the most modest civil servants”, “Thermal renovation” or the “Minimum pension of 1,000 euros”.

Defense of Europe

The head of state also defended Europe as France takes the rotating presidency of the European Union on Saturday. “You can count on my total commitment to make this moment a time of progress for you”, car “The values ​​that the European Union carries are, I am convinced, those which make it possible to meet our contemporary challenges”.

“I will act until the last day of the mandate for which you elected me”, he finally said about the April presidential election, for which he has not yet said if he was a candidate. In this regard, he did not disclose anything on Friday, simply saying that “For my part, whatever my place and the circumstances, I will continue to serve you” and “No one will know how to uproot my heart”.

“Let us remain united, benevolent, united, let us stay on the side of life, this is what we owe to ourselves. So 2022 will be the year of all possibilities ”, “Long live our Europe, long live the Republic and long live France”, he concluded.

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A year ago, after ten months of an epidemic, the Head of State launched, sitting next to a fireplace at the Elysee: “Hope is there”, alluding to the beginning of the vaccination campaign he was asking his government to speed up. He promised “A stronger economy” and “A new French morning”.

Since then, three successive waves have each time dampened the hope of a rapid exit from the crisis. In 2018 and 2019, it was in the light of two other violent shocks, that of the “yellow vests”, then of the contested pension reform, that he sent his wishes for the new year.

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Wishes with electoral accents

The opponents of Mr. Macron hastened Friday to present wishes with electoral accents. Against a background of the French flag for Marine Le Pen, who greeted “A crucial year” by inviting the French to ” To do “ the presidential election. Same setting for Eric Zemmour, who launched « adieu Emmanuel Macron ».

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It is without a flag that the candidate of the Socialist Party, Anne Hidalgo, asked the French to follow with her “The path of courage and justice”.

Gérard Larcher, President of the Senate, wished in front of a pair of French and European flags to find for 2022 “Cohesion, trust and participation” in the April presidential election. The wishes of Valérie Pécresse and Yannick Jadot were also expected in the afternoon.

By way of plea, the Elysee Palace had posted on the networks Thursday a summary video of 2021, which mixes sporting and scientific exploits with presidential decisions and slogans. Positive and few medical images.

Its prime minister, Jean Castex, was to be on the ground Friday evening, with the military, at Cochin hospital and in a fire station, to show his support for caregivers and the police responsible for ensuring New Year’s Eve security and sanitary restriction checks.

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The World with AFP