French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he will seek re-election in April, seeking a mandate to shepherd the eurozone’s second-largest economy through the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the COVID-19 outbreak.
Macron declared his candidacy in a letter that appeared in many regional newspapers.
If he succeeds, he will be the first French leader in two decades to be re-elected for a second term.
“We did not complete what we set out to do. There are certain decisions that, based on what I’ve learned from you, I would probably do differently “Macron stated in the letter that he has had to deal with a variety of crises over the last five years, including terrorist assaults, COVID, riots, and war.
He defended his performance, citing a 15-year low in unemployment. “I’m running to preserve our ideals, which are under danger from the world’s pathologies,” he continued.