France has inaugurated new president, Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old independent centrist who was elected on May 7.
The president of the Constitutional Council, Laurent Fabius, proclaimed the official result of the vote in a ceremony Sunday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.
Macron formally took power after his predecessor, Socialist Francois Hollande, met with him for one hour and left.
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.
Francois Hollande left the Elysee presidential palace in Paris at 11:15AM, following a one-hour meeting with his successor.
He was loudly applauded by the employees of the French presidency at his departure. He shook hands with Macron, who accompanied him to his car and also applauded him.
Macron then posed for photographers at the front porch of the Elysee with his wife, Brigitte.
Macron had been 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.
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 U.N. Security Council.
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