- Title: Parisians say they wish new President Macron good luck
- Date: 15th May 2017
- Summary: NEWSPAPERS FRENCH NEWSPAPER "LIBERATION" HEADLINE READING (French): "Good luck" (SOUNDBITE) (French) 29-YEAR-OLD PRODUCT MANAGER, THIBAULT LELANDAIS, SAYING: "What do I think about...? I think it's good that Marine Le Pen was not elected. Then personally I think it's the continuation of Hollande's presidency and we will see. Good luck to him. But I think it will not change much in my opinion. For those who are disappointed it will not change much and for the rest we hope he will succeed. That's what I hope for him in any case." VARIOUS PEOPLE EXITING SUBWAY STATION PARIS LANDMARK BASILIQUE DU SACRE COEUR PEOPLE WALKING UP STEPS (SOUNDBITE) (French) LOCAL RESIDENT, SAMI BELKADI, SAYING: "I think that even those who did not vote for him, I think that one day they will think that he is someone good. Well at least I think, it's a feeling I have that he is able to do something because he is young and has a good background." BASILIQUE DU SACRE COEUR MAN TAKING PICTURE WITH PHONE OF LANDSCAPE
- Embargoed: 29th May 2017 09:40
- Keywords: Paris reaction French president election France Emmanuel Macron
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0036GY8B47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:People on the streets of Paris were enthusiastic on Monday (May 15) about the prospects of youthful new French President Emmanuel Macron, who officially took office on Sunday.
69-year-old Marielle Brouard said she was glad to see someone young elected and hoped for change, but Thibault Lelandais, 29, told Reuters TV that he thought the new president would not make much difference.
Macron overcame the odds to win the election, saying he could unite a divided nation.
He is expected to announce his pick for prime minister later on Monday, a choice which will be subject to scrutiny as his new political party looks to June's parliamentary elections to secure a workable majority.
In a first for the world's fifth largest economy that is a founding member of the European Union, the 39-year-old centrist newcomer was unknown to the wider public three years ago and does not belong to any traditional political grouping.
The former investment banker became the youngest postwar French leader and the first to be born after 1958 when President Charles de Gaulle put in place the country's fifth Republic.
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