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France swears in new leader: Emmanuel Macron

15 May 2017, 01:04 | Katie Chavez

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He met for an hour with his predecessor, Francois Hollande, in the president's office, taking a last few minutes to discuss the most sensitive issues facing France, including the country's nuclear codes.

New French President Emmanuel Macron, in his inaugural address, has pledged to work to overcome divisions in society which had been shown by the presidential election campaign and to seek to build a strong France that is sure of itself in the world.

On Sunday, Macron sought to inject fresh optimism into a French public so disillusioned with the political establishment that in the first round of the presidential elections almost half of its voters opted for candidates who wanted to blow up the nation's political order.

Macron becomes the youngest president in France's history and the youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte was elected in 1848 at age 40.

Macron's movement, renamed after his victory as "Republique En Marche!", will try to win a majority to ensure he can push through legislation.

The two men shook hands between the French and European Union (EU) flags, a reminder of France's prominent role in the 28-member bloc and Macron's commitment to the EU.

Like outgoing Hollande in 2012, the pro-Europe centrist will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday during his first trip as president. Macron has said he is looking at one male and one female candidate for prime minister, but gave little clue as to who they might be.

The appointments were announced as Macron readied for his inauguration as president on Sunday at a ceremony in the Elysee palace.

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"France is only a model for the world if it is exemplary", he said.

The former investment banker becomes the youngest post-war French leader and the first to be born after 1958 when President Charles de Gaulle put in place the country's Fifth Republic.

Macron's inauguration ceremony was steeped in French ritual and tradition.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus) New French President Emmanuel Macron is presented with the Grand Collier in the Legion of Honor during his inauguration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

The 39-year-old Macron slowly marched alone, under a light rain, in the Elysee courtyard. Aides went out of their way to emphasise that the dark suit he wore cost about 450 euros or just under $500, and that the lavender outfit worn by his wife Brigitte had been loaned by fashion house Louis Vuitton.

After a private meeting with his former mentor, Hollande, and his first speech as president, Macron headed up the Champs Elysees in an army vehicle, waving to the small crowds who gathered along the famed avenue.

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