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39-year Old Emmanuel Macron Sworn in as President of France

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14:  French President Emmanuel Macron greets the crowd on the Champs Elysees before attending his inauguration ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe monument on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Emmanuel Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017.  (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

 

Emmanuel Macron has promised to restore France‘s global standing, as he was officially inaugurated as the country’s youngest president at the age of 39.

“My mandate will give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves,” President Macron said at the elaborate Élysée Palace ceremony. He vowed to see the EU “reformed and relaunched” during his time in office. He takes over from François Hollande, whose five-year term was plagued by high unemployment figures.

Mr Macron was proclaimed France’s new president a week after his resounding victory over the National Front‘s Marine le Pen, with 66% of the votes in the run-off poll. The former investment banker, who had never contested an election before and only formed his centrist political movement a year ago, has vowed to shake up the country’s political order and reinvigorate its economy.

Tight security was in place across Paris for the ceremony at the president’s official residence, with hundreds of extra police on patrol. France has been under a state of emergency since terror attacks in 2015 and a large section of the city centre was closed to traffic all morning.

During his inaugural address on Sunday, President Macron pledged to restore the confidence of the French people in their country’s future.

The division and fractures in our society must be overcome. The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity.

He further promised to convince the people that “the power of France is not declining – that we are on the brink of a great renaissance”. He was presented with a necklace once worn by Napoleon I, as a symbol of his position as Grand Master of the Legion of Honour (a title usually given to the leader of France).

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PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14:  French President Emmanuel Macron greets the crowd on the Champs Elysees after attending a ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe monument on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Emmanuel Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017.  (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

 

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14:  Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony with France's outgoing President Francois Hollande on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017 with 66,1 % of the votes cast.  (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

 

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14:  Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony with France's outgoing President Francois Hollande on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017 with 66,1 % of the votes cast.  (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

 

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14:  French outgoing President Francois Hollande (R) shakes hands with his successor Emmanuel Macron as he leaves the Elysee presidential Palace at the end of the handover ceremony on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017 with 66,1 % of the votes cast.  (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

 

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14:  French outgoing President Francois Hollande (R) leaves the Elysee presidential Palace at the end of the handover ceremony with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron (L) at Elysee Palace on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. Emmanuel Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017 with 66,1 % of the votes cast.at Elysee Palace on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Thierry Orban/Getty Images)

 

Photo Credit: Getty Images – Pierre Suu/Thierry Chesnot

Source: BBC News


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