Emmanuel Macron takes office as French president

Sunday, 14 May 2017
Centrist Emmanuel Macron has officially assumed power in an inauguration ceremony at the Elysee Place in Paris, becoming the youngest president in French history.

His predecessor, socialist Francois Hollande, welcomed the 39-year-old at the steps of the presidential place during the red-carpet ceremony.

Macron won France’s presidential elections with 66.1 percent of the vote on May 7, while his rival Marine Le Pen received 33.9 percent.

Hollande led Macron to the president’s office to discuss state secrets, including nuclear codes, as well as the most sensitive issues facing the Republic, the media reported.

The meeting took more than an hour, Le Parisien newspaper reported, adding that it had lasted longer than the usual 20-30 minutes.