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15 May 2017, 01:05 | Kara Nash
Richard Ferrand secretary-general of the Republic on the Move party holds a news conference in Paris on Thursday. Eric Feferberg pool
Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, presided the ceremony at the Elysee Palace here, the BBC reported.
The ceremony of inaugurating the eighth president of France began at the Elysee Palace with a meeting with outgoing President Francois Hollande who transferred his powers to the victor of the presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron.
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 vote in the run-off poll.
Earlier, Mr Macron was handed France's nuclear codes, putting him in charge of what will be the EU's only arsenal of atomic weapons after Brexit is complete.
Emmanuel Macron promised to restore France's global standing, as he was officially inaugurated as the country's youngest president at the age of 39.
In a visibly moving moment for both, Mr Macron accompanied Mr Hollande to his auto, shaking hands and applauding him along with the employees of the French presidency who gathered in the palace's courtyard.
The inauguration ceremony took place in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday.
François Hollande helped bring about the Paris climate warming agreement "and protected the French people in a world hit by terrorism".
After Macron was formally declared president, 21 cannon shots were fired from across the Seine River at the Invalides monument, where Napoleon is entombed.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.
Her three children were also present along with VIPs from France's political scene and the young team of close advisors behind Macron's sensational rise.
In his first speech as the President, Macron said "The whole world has watched our presidential election, the responsibility with which they have entrusted me is an honour".
Mr Macron later paid tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, greeting veterans and military officers in formation beneath the imposing arch.
A source has also revealed that he is expected to visit French troops deployed overseas at the end of his first week as president, probably in Mali.
Macron will meet with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo later Sunday and will take his first trip overseas Monday to Germany to visit Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Aides went out of their way to emphasise that the dark suit he wore to stride up the red carpet to power cost about 450 euros or just under $500.
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.
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