Emmanuel Macron is sworn in as France's new president
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.