France takes over presidency of EU for the next six months
2 January 2022
To mark the start of the six-month EU presidency, historic buildings across France were illuminated in the blue of the EU flag on New Year's Eve, including the Elysee Palace and the Eiffel Tower. In a televised address, French president Emanuel Macron said, "You can count on my complete commitment to ensure that this period, which comes around every 13 years, is a time of progress for you." He listed the top priorities for the French presidency, including border control, European defence, climate change and gender equality.