Inauguration day: Macron to become France's new president

Inauguration day: Macron to become France's new president

Inauguration day: Macron to become France's new president

"France is facing social, economic and education reforms in the coming months", Macron said following the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Not because Europe requests it, but because France needs it".

The newly appointed prime minister will have to reveal his government by Tuesday.

EMMANUEL MACRON: (Through interpreter) Europe and the world more than ever need a France that is sure of its destiny, one that carries its values and the voice of liberty and knows how to invent the future with audacity.

She said the two talked about the European asylum system, trade relations and other issues.

Jacques Chirac "showed we are a country able to say no to those rushing to war".

The Greens, who supported a far-left candidate for the presidency, decried "Macron's liberal intentions" in a press release and reaffirmed their plea to the president for the creation of an Environment Ministry in the French government.

Merkel greeted Macron with a handshake Monday ahead of a military honors ceremony. It is traditional for French leaders to make Berlin their first European stop.

Later he will travel to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel. France is a founding member of the 28-nation European Union and its third-largest economy after Germany and Britain. "It will be slow, demanding but essential work".

He was a socialist in his younger days before switching his allegiances to the right.

Philippe praised Cazeneuve's "quite exceptional" ministerial career and his "constant elegance".

Macron met for an hour with his predecessor, Socialist Francois Hollance, prior to being sworn in.

Macron deliberately chose to mark his inauguration day with military symbolism - emphasising France's defence strength at a time when the country is still under a state of emergency after a series of terrorist attacks, and now has thousands of troops involved in military operations overseas, from west Africa to Syria and Iraq.

"If the prime minister comes from the right, Emmanuel Macron will be able to attack the parliamentary elections by dynamiting the right, in the same way he has done to the left", political expert Philippe Moreau-Chevrolet told AFP.

French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who won almost 20 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, also reacted with hostility.

Voters go to the polls again in June to elect 577 National Assembly politicians.

Mr Macron faces major challenges including high unemployment, especially among France's young, and low growth.

After ascending the red carpet at the Elysee Palace in central Paris, Mr Macron and Mr Hollande will have a private meeting in the president's office where Mr Macron will be given the codes to launch France's nuclear weapons.

He is a close ally of Alain Juppé, the former prime minister who ran unsuccessfully in the center-right presidential primary a year ago.

The mayor of Le Havre since 2010, Mr Philippe previously worked as a director of public affairs for French nuclear group Areva from 2007-2010 and as a lawyer from 2004-2007 with New York City-based global law firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

France's Emmanuel Macron arrived Sunday for his inauguration ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, ready to fully embark on his mission to shake up the world of French politics.

About 300 guests, officials and family members gathered in the Elysee reception hall, including Mr Macron's wife Brigitte wearing a lavender blue dress by French designer Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton.

Philippe is mayor of Le Havre, France. He is a member of the Republicans, a mainstream-right party whose candidate Macron beat in the first round of the election.

Philippe and Macron have much in common, with Philippe echoing the generational shift in French politics that the 39-year-old Macron embodies.

His En Marche political movement was formed just previous year and as a new party - La République En Marche - will be fielding candidates across France in June's parliamentary elections.

At an elaborate ceremony at the Élysée Palace in Paris, he said his presidency would "give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves".

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