PARIS – 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.