Macron formally named French president at Elysee palaceEmmanuel Macron, 39, says France is on 'the verge of a great renaissance' and has 'chosen hope' as he becomes the nation's youngest ever president with his wife Brigitte, 64, by his sideEmmanuel Macron has been inaugurated as France's youngest ever president at a lavish ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.The centrist leader, 39, posed for photos with his glamorous wife Brigitte, 64, on the front porch after outgoing president Francois Hollande left the palace to roaring applause.Speaking as France's 25th leader, Macron insisted the country is 'on the verge of a great renaissance'.He said the 'world and Europe now, more than ever, need a strong France', that his country was 'not declining' and that his mandate 'will be to give French people confidence in themselves'. The new president's wife Brigitte, who was his high school drama teacher, arrived separately for the ceremony wearing a light blue Louis Vuitton outfit. Macron was wearing a dark suit from French brand Jonas and Cie, a tailor based in Paris, that cost £380, his team said. Their unconventional romance began when Macron starred in one of her plays at Jesuit school Lycee La Providence in Amiens, northern France.A week after his victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a tumultuous election, Macron held a private meeting with Hollande where he was given the codes to launch France's nuclear weapons.Hollande was loudly applauded by the employees of the French presidency at his departure. He shook hands with Macron, who accompanied him to his car and also applauded him.Mr Macron, the former unelected Economy Minister, left Mr Hollande's government to form his own electoral movement, En Marche! [On the Move], in April 2016.Despite this, Hollande said he wanted today's handover of power to be 'simple, clear and friendly'.Speaking as the newly appointed president, Macron said he will do everything necessary to fight terrorism and authoritarianism and to resolve the world's migration crisis.He went on to say that France 'will take all our responsibilities to provide, every time it's needed, a relevant response to big contemporary crises'.He also listed 'the excesses of capitalism in the world' and climate change among his future challenges.Macron will later attend a ceremony in front of hundreds of politicians and invited guests at which the official election results will be read out.
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