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Monday, May 15, 2017

François Hollande OUT, Emmanuel Macron IN.

Emmanuel Macron, 39, has officially become the eighth president of France’s Fifth Republic after an inauguration ceremony at the Elysée Palace on Sunday where he was handed power by outgoing Socialist president François Hollande.
 
President Emmanuel Macron
Macron, 39, became the youngest French president in history on Sunday in a formal ceremony full of pomp and tradition. Macron was greeted by Hollande at the Elysée to begin the process of the transfer of power that included a private meeting with Hollande where he was given the codes to launch France's nuclear weapons.

Macron will name a prime minister on Monday and the new government will be announced on Tuesday, a source close to Macron said. Emmanuel Macron, France's youngest president, has promised to restore the country's lost confidence and re-launch the flagging European Union.
 
OUT goes the old and IN comes the new.Emmanuel Macron in a warm handshake with François Hollande
In his first speech as president, Macron said his main priority would be "to give back to the French people the confidence that for too long has been flagging". I will convince our compatriots that France's power is not in decline, but that we are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance because we have all the qualities which will make ... the great powers of the 21st century," he said.

While France's place was in the European Union, the 28-member bloc needed to be "reformed and relaunched", the new president said. Macron assumed power after an hour-long private meeting with Hollande in which official access to France's nuclear missile launch codes was handed over. After the formalities, a 21-gun salute rang out from the Invalides military hospital on the other side of the River Seine.

Later, the new president paid tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, where he stood in a downpour, without a raincoat or umbrella, to light the flame in honour of France's war dead. He went on to shake hands with supporters along the Champs Elysees, who were taking selfies and waving French tricolor flags, amid tight security.
Ascension into Power

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