Inauguration day: Macron to become France's new president

The red carpet is set up prior to the takeover ceremony between outgoing President Francois Hollande and President-elect Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris France Sunday

Macron becomes the youngest post-war French leader and the first to be born after 1958, when president Charles de Gaulle put in place the country's Fifth Republic. Macron was inaugurated as France's new president at the Elysee Palace in Paris, and immediately launched into his mission to shake up French politics, world economics and the European Union.

"The unknown part now is how much power are the French voters ready to give him?", said Weil.

A former economy minister, Macron quit Hollande's Socialist government a year ago to launch his independent bid.

New French President Emmanuel Macron waves to supporters after a ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Paris.

Ms Brigitte, a 64-year-old who was his high school drama teacher, wore a light blue Louis Vuitton outfit for the ceremony.

In a visibly moving moment for both, Macron accompanied Hollande to his vehicle, shaking hands and applauding him along with the employees of the French presidency who had gathered in the palace's courtyard. "In order to be the man of one's country, one must be the man of your time", Fabius told him.

Security was tight with about 1,500 police officers deployed near the presidential palace and the nearby Avenue des Champs-Élysées and surrounding roads were blocked off.

At the end of the formalities, a 21-gun salute rang out from the Invalides military hospital on the other side of the River Seine.

The new president faces a host of daunting challenges including tackling stubbornly high unemployment, fighting Islamist-inspired violence and healing divisions exposed by an often vicious election campaign. He leaves office after a single term. And until a financial scandal ruined his campaign at the start of this year, Macron's mainstream conservative rival Francois Fillon had won wide electoral support for a far more aggressive set of pro-business measures.

Monday will also see Mr Macron name his Prime Minister, whose job will be to pilot liberalising reforms aimed at reducing joblessness and reviving economic growth. She built a solid relationship with Macron's predecessor, Socialist Francois Hollande, despite their political differences - notably with their joint effort to secure an accord to calm the crisis in Ukraine in tense overnight talks in Minsk, Belarus in 2015. He promised that the European Union, hit by the imminent departure of Britain, would be "rejuvenated and relaunched" during his time in office.

A convinced European integrationist unlike Le Pen and other leadership candidates, Mr Macron went on: "The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity".

Ms Merkel welcomed Mr Macron's victory over Le Pen, saying he carried "the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe".

Macron has promised to refresh France's parliament and his party unveiled 428 out of its 577 candidates on Thursday. Half have never held elected office, including a retired female bullfighter and a star mathematician, and half are women.

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