Macron Inauguration: France’s Young President Takes Charge

Emmanuel Macron is France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.

Incoming French President Emmanuel Macron walks towards the Élysée presidential Palace at the end of a handover ceremony on May 14, 2017 in Paris.

Macron, an independent centrist, won a resounding victory last week against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. 

The 39-year-old former investment banker has never before held elected office and only formed his political movement a year ago.

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Outgoing French President Francois Hollande embraces Macron during the handover ceremony.

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Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, pose on the steps of the palace after the inauguration ceremony.

Macron met his wife, now 64, when he was a 16-year-old at a Jesuit high school in the northern French city of Amiens. She was his drama teacher, and married with three children.

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Macron arrives to deliver a speech during his inauguration at the palace. Francois Mori / Pool via Reuters

Macron's wife, Brigitte, blows a kiss to the crowd, before the inauguration.

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Emmanuel Macron's stepson, Sebastien Auziere, stands with his family as they arrive for the inauguration. Eric Feferberg / AFP - Getty Images
Macron kisses his wife during the handover ceremony. Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

A horse rears as Macron parades in a car on the Champs-Élysées after his inauguration.

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A giant French flag hangs from the Arc de Triomphe in honor of France's new president. Alain Jocard / Pool via Reuters
Macron departs after after laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. Alain Jocard / AFP - Getty Images

Macron waves from a car on the Champs-Élysées as he is driven back to Élysée Palace. 

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Macron greets people in the crowd outside the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.


Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo walk together before a ceremony at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris' city hall.

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