Macron inaugurated as French president

Tiphaine Auziere daughter of Brigitte Macron arrives for the inauguration ceremony of incoming French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee palace in Paris France Sunday

Tiphaine Auziere daughter of Brigitte Macron arrives for the inauguration ceremony of incoming French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee palace in Paris France Sunday

Emmanuel Macron was elected President of the French Republic on May 07, 2017 with 66,1 % of the votes cast.

Macron will officially take power on Sunday following an inauguration ceremony with his predecessor Hollande at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.

Many people feel dispossessed by globalisation as manufacturing jobs move overseas and as immigration and a fast-changing world blur their sense of a French identity. "The divisions and fractures that run through our society must be overcome, whether they be economic, social, political or moral". Everyone now knows there was much more to the sequence of events. "Nothing will make me stop defending the higher interests of France and from working to reconcile the French", Macron declared.

In his inauguration speech Sunday, Macron said he will do everything necessary to fight terrorism and authoritarianism and to resolve the world's migration crisis. Mr Macron takes his first presidential trip on Monday to Berlin to meet Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He will have to name his prime minister and form a government in the following days.

Macron's rise, marked by a 21-gun salute at the Esplanade des Invalides, signalled at least a pause in the anti-globalisation trend that elevated businessman Donald Trump into the US presidency and led British voters to choose Brexit.

Macron formally took power after his predecessor, Socialist Francois Hollande, met with him for one hour and left.

Macron then accompanied his political patron, for whom he once worked as economy minister, down the red carpet to a waiting vehicle in which the Socialist leader departed to applause from VIP guests and his former household staff.

Macron will participate in several different ceremonies today.

But Macron appeared determined to create an impression of personal modesty.

About 300 guests, officials and family members gathered in the Elysee reception hall, including Macron's wife, Brigitte, wearing a lavender blue dress by French designer Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton.

But he also displayed youthful vigor and hardiness during the televised proceedings. He is the first French president who doesn't originate from one of the country's mainstream parties.

Mr Macron will later go the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, at the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees Avenue, a tradition followed by all heads of states in France's modern history. "France is only strong if it is prosperous".

The two are meeting in the president's office before Hollande's departure, taking a last few minutes to discuss the most sensitive issues facing France, including the country's nuclear codes. He is a former economy minister and banker who had never held an elected post.

The year-old political movement "Republique en Marche" (Republic on the Move, REM) that he formed to launch his presidential bid intends to field candidates in virtually every constituency in the country. Macron is seeking a majority of lawmakers so he can pass his programs.

But the timing of France's youthful new leader is good - the economy, in the doldrums for years, is beginning to show signs of recovery.

France's youngest-ever president and new commander-in-chief waved to supporters taking selfies and greeted veterans and military officers in formation beneath the arch. Macron won France's presidential election May 7 on a pro-European, business-friendly platform.

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