Inauguration day: Macron to become France's new president

Workers prepare the red carpet for the takeover ceremony between outgoing President Francois Hollande and President-elect Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris France Sunday

Workers prepare the red carpet for the takeover ceremony between outgoing President Francois Hollande and President-elect Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris France Sunday

New French President Emmanuel Macron waves to supporters after a ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Paris.

France's new president Emmanuel Macron wore a suit costing a modest 450 euros (just under $500) for his inauguration on Sunday, in an apparent attempt to dissociate himself from "bling-bling" politics.The fact that Macron's staff revealed the cost of the dark suit, and that his wife Brigitte's lavender Louis Vuitton outfit was loaned by the fashion house, was in itself noteworthy. Macron was Hollande's former adviser, then his economy minister from 2014 to 2016, when Macron quit the Socialist government to launch his own independent presidential bid.

"I will convince our compatriots that France's power is not in decline, but that we are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance because we have all the qualities which will make. the great powers of the 21st century", he said. France is a founding member of the 28-nation bloc and its third-largest economy after Germany and Britain.

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.

"The unknown part now is how much power are the French voters ready to give him?", said Weil.

Although his victory over Ms Le Pen was comfortable, nearly half of France's 47 million voters chose candidates with views opposed to Mr Macron's in the first round of the election.

The president of the Constitutional Council, Laurent Fabius, proclaimed the official result of the vote in a ceremony today at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.

"You are now the man of your time. and by the sovereign choice of the people, you are now, above all. the man of our country".

Security was tight with about 1,500 police officers deployed near the presidential palace and the nearby Avenue des Champs-Élysées and surrounding roads were blocked off.

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

Monday will also see Mr Macron name his Prime Minister, whose job will be to pilot liberalising reforms aimed at reducing joblessness and reviving economic growth.

Mr Macron will then fly to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, maintaining a French presidential tradition of making the first European trip to the other half of the EU's power couple. He promised that the European Union, hit by the imminent departure of Britain, would be "rejuvenated and relaunched" during his time in office.

"And the election of the new French president offers us here the possibility to bring dynamism into the development of Europe", she added.

Further ahead, Mr Macron will need to win a majority in parliamentary elections in June to enact his ambitious reform agenda.

Many of the Republic on the Move candidates are newcomers in politics.

Macron has promised to refresh France's parliament and his party unveiled 428 out of its 577 candidates on Thursday.

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