Emmanuel Macron arrived at the Champ-de-Mars in central Paris on Sunday evening to the sound of Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy', music which had also greeted him at the courtyard of the Louvre on the evening of his victory in 2017. But this time the president, who had just been re-elected with around 58% of the vote against Marine Le Pen, chose not to enter alone as he did five years ago. Instead he walked hand-in-hand with his wife Brigitte, surrounded by young people. It was a scene that had been carefully choreographed to underline his promise of a “reformed approach … to serve our country and our young people”.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.