People wave French flags from a street lamp at the Louvre museum where Emmanuel Macron is planning to celebrate, Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Paris. Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union.
FILE- In this July 20, 2017 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron await for a diner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron wants to formalize the role of the president's wife amid controversy over the cost and status of the first lady. The president's office is preparing a formal communication in coming days, Brigitte Macron's office said Tuesday. As Macron's popularity drops in polls, more than 270,000 people have signed a petition in the past few weeks against the plan to grant a tax-funded budget to finance the president's wife activities.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, left, review the troops in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Romania, the second leg of his trip to Central Europe where he will raise concerns over so-called "posted workers" -- cheap labor from Eastern Europe posted temporarily to more prosperous European countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to lift a state of emergency that has been in place since 2015, but also to harden permanent security measures to fight Islamic extremism and other threats. Laying out his political, security and diplomatic priorities at an extraordinary joint session of Parliament at the Palace of Versailles, Macron said his government "will work to prevent any new attack, and we will work to fight [the assailants] without pity, without regrets, without weakness." At the same time, he insisted on the need to "guarantee full respect for individual liberties" amid concerns that new measures would allow police too many powers. Macron vowed to maintain France's military interventions against extremists abroad, especially in Africa's Sahel region and in Iraq and Syria. He also insisted on the importance of maintaining "the path of negotiation, of dialogue" for long-term solutions.