Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as President of France
Inauguration ceremony takes place at Elysée Palace before President Macron addresses a crowd at the Paris City Hall
15 May 2017
Emmanuel Macron has been officially inaugurated as the President of France.
The inauguration ceremony took place at the Elysée Palace on Sunday 14 May, with President Macron taking over from François Hollande with immediate effect.
The French President said: " Le monde et l’Europe ont aujourd’hui plus que jamais besoin de la France (…) The world needs what French women and men have always taught it: the boldness of freedom, the stringency of equality, the desire for fraternity."
On Europe he said it is “ the instrument of our power and sovereignty”.
President Macron was presented with a chain of office once worn by Napoleon I, as a symbol of his position as Grand Master of the Legion of Honour.
President Macron later addressed a crowd at the Paris City Hall where he said:
"To be President of France is to unite the country, giving every town and village the chance to become a place of success."
Legislative elections in France will take place on 4 June and 18 June in the UK and 11 June and 18 June in France.