French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to achieve peace in 2018 in the battle against Islamic extremism — in Syria, Africa‘s Sahel as well as in his own country.
In his first New Year‘s speech as president, 40-year-old Macron said the new year will be “crucial” to France, to Europe and to the world.
He made a direct address to European citizens, urging them to voice their wishes about what they would like Europe to become.
“I deeply believe Europe can become that economic, social, environment-friendly, scientific power that will be able to face China, the United States”, he said Sunday.
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He also pledged to focus on labor measures to “allow every worker to earn more”, in a country affected for years by high unemployment and economic stagnation.