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 Macron sworn in as French president today. PHOTO

Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as French president on Sunday following his landslide victory a week ago, in which he vowed to unite a country with deepening divisions.

Censor.NET reports citing CNN.

At 39, Macron becomes the youngest president in France's history, and the youngest leader since Napoleon. He takes over from François Hollande, whose five-year term was plagued by high unemployment figures.

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Macron's inauguration ceremony was steeped in French ritual and tradition. He arrived at the Elysee palace Sunday morning and walked down a long red carpet, where he was greeted by outgoing President Francois Hollande. The two men shook hands between the French and European Union (EU) flags.

In accordance with tradition, Macron escorted Hollande to his car. Hollande was driven away in a modest hatchback, leaving behind leadership of a country battered by several deadly terror attacks and an economy that failed to pick up under his watch.

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Around 300 people were invited to the inauguration, and among his guests are trade union representatives, Nobel prize winners and 100 friends.

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Macron was proclaimed France's new president a week after his resounding victory over the National Front's Marine le Pen, with 66% of the vote in the run-off poll.
 
 
 
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