In ceremonies marked by youthful optimism and the old world Napoleonic bomb, Emmanuel Macron swept Sunday to the post as new president of France pledged to strengthen the European Union, to remake French politics and unite their divided nation.
The Macron Presidency began with a visit to wounded soldiers in the fight against the foreigner – a reminder of the great global military presence and the role of France in the fight against the extremists in Syria to Africa.
He is expected to appoint a prime minister and imminent to show his commitment to drive European unity. Macron takes his first presidential trip on Monday in Berlin to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In the school, but lucid inaugural speech, Macron is committed to reach France from its sense of decadence and lost its purpose, and to seize its place in the world.
“The time has come for France to embark on the occasion. The division and fractures in our society must be overcome … because the world expects us to be strong, strong and visionary.”
He undertook to take on the responsibility of France to fight the attacks of today, “the crisis of migration, the challenge of climate change, authoritarian abuses, the excesses of capitalism in the world and, of course, terrorism. To one and to save the other.We are all interdependent.We are all neighbors. ”
Macron, 39, is the youngest president in the country’s history and the eighth president of the Fifth Republic of France, created in 1958. Macron is the first French president to Is not one of the two major parties in the country.
After Macron was officially declared president in the Elysee palace, 21 cannon shots were fired from the other side of the Seine to the monument of the Invalides, where Napoleon is buried.
Macron then solemnly paid tribute to the tomb of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, saluting veterans and military training under the imposing arch.
Macron supports a nation when Britain will leave the European Union in 2019, will become the only member of the EU with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N.
Strengthening support for the European Union will inform its main priorities. France is a founding member of the EU 28 countries and the third largest economy after Germany and Great Britain.
“We need a more effective Europe, a more democratic society, a more political Europe, since it is the instrument of our power and our sovereignty, I will work on this,” he says.
Before the ceremony, he met for an hour with his predecessor, François Hollande, who took a few minutes to discuss the most sensitive issues in France, including nuclear country codes.
In a visibly excited time Macron accompanied Holland to his car, shaking hands and applauding with the French presidency of the employees who had gathered in the courtyard of the palace.
The two men knew each other well. Macron was the former Netherlands adviser to his Minister of Economy from 2014 to 2016, when Macron left Socialist government to launch his own independent presidential candidacy.
About 300 guests, officials and family members gathered in the reception room of the Elysée, including Macron’s wife, Brigitte, in a lavender blue dress by French designer Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton.
Macron himself wore a dark suit from the French brand Jonas & Co., a tailor based in Paris. It cost 450 euros ($ 491), according to his team.
The new president has reached the Avenue Champs Elysees in heavy rain – remembering the inauguration of Holland there are five. But unlike its predecessor, Macron has managed to avoid wetting. The bad weather often associated with the former socialist president has become a joke for the French.
After staying in the tomb, Macron shake hands with fans along the Champs-Elysees, who had French tricolor charms and flags before returning to the palace for lunch with his family