Thursday 23 November 2017

Emmanuel Macron is sworn in as France's new president

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) escorts former President Francois Hollande who leaves after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
Former French President Francois Hollande (2ndR) holds hands with Brigitte Trogneux (R) as President Emmanuel Macron (2ndL) looks on at the end of their handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron arrives to attend the handover ceremony with outgoing President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace In Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) escorts former President Francois Hollande who leaves after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
Brigitte Trogneux arrives to attend the handover ceremony between her husband, French President-elect Emmanuel Macron, and outgoing President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Former French President Francois Hollande waves from his car as President Emmanuel Macron (Rear) watches after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yoan Valat/Pool
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron arrives to attend the handover ceremony with outgoing President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace In Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) escorts former President Francois Hollande who leaves after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool
Former French President Francois Hollande (R) and President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrtick Kovarik/Pool
Outgoing President Francois Hollande, right, leaves the Elysee Palace with French President-elect Emmanuel Macron after the handover ceremony, in Paris, France, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Former French President Francois Hollande (R) and President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrtick Kovarik/Pool
Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte Macron gestures before Macron's inauguration ceremony as French President, at the Elysee Palace Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Paris. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP)
Former French President Francois Hollande (R) and President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Patrtick Kovarik/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace as former President Francois Hollande (not pictured) leaves after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Sylvie Corbet

Emmanuel Macron has been sworn in as France's new president in a ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.

The 39-year-old took over the reins of power from Francois Hollande, who welcomed him in the courtyard, shaking hands in front of hundreds of journalists.

The two met in the president's office before Mr Hollande's departure, taking a last few minutes to discuss the most sensitive issues facing France, including the country's nuclear codes.

Mr Macron takes charge of a nation that, when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, will become the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Mr Macron is the youngest president in the country's history and the 8th president of France's Fifth Republic, created in 1958.

His Republic on the Move movement hopes to reinvigorate French politics and win a majority of lawmakers in the June parliamentary election.

Mr Hollande was loudly applauded by the employees of the French presidency as he left the palace. He shook hands with Mr Macron, who accompanied him to his car and also applauded him.

The new president then posed for photographers at the front porch of the Elysee with his wife, Brigitte.

Mr Macron had been Mr Hollande's top economy adviser from 2012 to 2014, then became his economy minister until last year, when he decided to quit the Socialist government and launch his independent presidential bid.

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