Emmanuel Macron take over as new President of France today for a five-year term. The inauguration function held in Central Paris. 39 year-old centrist newcomer Macron was unknown to the wider public three years ago and does not belong to any traditional political grouping.
France’s incumbent President Emmanuel Macron officially took over the reigns of power on Sunday, now face the challenges of a polarized country, high unemployment, terrorism and working with Germany to reform the EU.
Youngest President after Napolean , the 39-year-old independent of affiliation to any political outfit took over from outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande, leaves office after 5 years the not that populous president in annuls of French.
The former investment banker and economy minister in the Socialist government met privately with Hollande at the Elysee presidential palace to discuss sensitive issues, including the country’s nuclear codes.
After taking oath, Macron spoke of providing “hope” and “confidence” after years in which people doubted themselves and French power. He also said the European Union would be “reformed and relaunched” during his term.
After the ceremony of sanitizing the power, a 21-gun military salute rung through Paris, kicking off a day of ceremonies, speeches, parades and meetings.
Now begins the hard work of governing begins. Macron plans to appoint a prime minister by Monday and a government on Tuesday. On Monday, he will head to Berlin to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, highlighting the importance of the Franco-German relationship at the heart of an embattled EU.
The former investment banker now become the youngest postwar French leader and the first to be born after 1958 when President Charles de Gaulle put in place the country’s fifth Republic.
Macron, once an aide to outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande, rose to fame as his economy minister between 2014 and 2016. France is the world’s fifth largest economy and a founding member of the European Union.