New French leader Macron vows to fight terror

Marsha Scott
May 15, 2017

Immediately, he launched into his mission to fight terrorism and shake up French politics and the EU.

He said France chose "hope and the spirit of conquest" in the presidential election.

He cited "the excesses of capitalism in the world" and climate change among his future challenges.

In the first round of voting, more than 45 percent chose either Le Pen or other candidates who promised the opposite of Macron's medicine - that they would close the wealth gap by rolling back globalisation, closing borders and unravelling the institutions of the European Union.

Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, presided the ceremony at the Elysee Palace here, the BBC reported. June elections will determine whether he can sweep in a majority for his new political party, Republic on the Move, which is too new to hold any seats and has nominated hundreds of people to run, half of them newcomers to political life.

In a moment heavy with symbolism, 64-year-old Hollande ─ who launched Macron's political career by appointing him first as advisor and then economy minister ─ was then driven away from the palace to applause from his staff and the new president.

Before taking the oath, the former Chairman of the movement "Forward!" eye to eye spoke with the former President, socialist Francois Hollande.

Macron has vowed to overhaul France's slow-growing economy by implementing business-friendly reforms while also strengthening the country's social safety net.

Macron was joined by his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, on Sunday, a woman who the new President has portrayed as a mentor.

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But he was outgoing president Francois Hollande's economic adviser for more than two years and is deeply familiar with inner workings of the administration.

Macron's formal inauguration ceremony was to start shortly in the reception hall of the presidential palace.

As soon as President Macron finished uttering "vive le France", the handshaking and celebratory music began.

Earlier, he and France's new first lady briefly posed for photographers at the front porch of the palace after Hollande left.

Macron had been Hollande's top economy adviser at the Elysee from 2012 to 2014, then became his economy minister until a year ago, when he made a decision to quit the Socialist government and launch his independent presidential bid.

Hollande, who ended up being the most unpopular president in the country's history, was the first sitting head of state to not seek re-election in the Fifth Republic.

Before the ceremony began, he spent almost an hour with his predecessor, who handed him the country's nuclear codes.

Republican guards arrive for the formal inauguration ceremony of Emmanuel Macron as French president in Paris, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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