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Hello, welcome to viewers on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News this


sworn in as the new President of sworn in as the new President of


France, following his election victory last weekend. He secured 65%


of the vote against Marine Le Pen. His term of office begins with a 21


gun salute at the Elysee Palace. Followed by the official handover


from his predecessor, Francois Hollande. That show you the scene


live as the preparations are well underway. Emmanuel Macron will be


sworn in as the next president of France. A damp, drizzly morning in


central Paris as you can see. Many of Macron's supporters already there


out on the streets. The man who was about to become France's new


president, officially to be inaugurated, not yet 40 years old.


Never even contested an election before this year. It really has been


an astonishing year in French politics. Emmanuel Macron, the


young, fresh phrased, Road business, ardent European. About to be


inaugurated -- pro business. He trounced his rivals in the


elections, a resounding vote in support of a man who only set up his


En Marche party about a year ago. We are already hearing, by the way,


just you know, -- just to let you know, that we will expect him to


appoint his Prime Minister to morrow. We have heard that in the


last few minutes. The Prime Minister will be appointed tomorrow and the


government will be formed on Tuesday. That is what sources close


to Emmanuel Macron are telling us. That is the scene there in central


Paris, as we await the formalities of the inauguration and, of course,


the French do these things with wonderful and grandeur and let's go


to my colleague who was there watching it all unfold. A rather


drizzly morning there in Paris, we can tell from your umbrella? Yes,


the pomp and grandeur is currently being rained on rather heavily. It


is the start of the last few minutes. It has been security


lockdown here. There are hundreds of police, journalists, all along this


avenue. The satellite trucks from all over the world, and you can see


just behind me, just behind of the main gate -- in front of the main


gate of the palace, a crowd is gathering. We have seen his wife's


arising out of the car. The red carpet is rolled out in the


courtyard. The journalist and dignitaries are there and they wait


for the ceremony now. First, Emmanuel Macron will have a private


meeting with the outgoing president, Francois Hollande. That meeting has


no cameras, it is the transfer of power. The formal handover during


which Emmanuel Macron will be given the nuclear code. That is all part


of the transition of power. Then they will emerge, the former,


outgoing president, Francois Hollande, will leave the building.


He will leave the Elysee Palace for the last time. After that, there


will be the formal inauguration of Emmanuel Macron. He will become


president of France. It is extremely formal, a familiar sight for the


French over the generations, what hasn't been conventional of course,


is the arrival to this position of Emmanuel Macron, after just 13


months in charge of his En Marche political movement. Last April was


when he quit his job and decided to stand down as an unelected economy


minister in the government of Francois Hollande, the outgoing


president, to form this En Marche centrist movement taking policies


from left and right and it was very soon after that but he declared his


ambition -- soon after that he declared his ambition to run. Many


say it wasn't skill but also like that got him. It was really the most


opportune to political moment with the downfall, financial


mismanagement scandal, and the Socialist party, the dominant force,


choosing a candidate for President election which was from the far left


and did not attract mainstream support. Let's talk about this some


more with a commentator and journalist here in Paris.


How France come to terms with how sudden this arrival to power is? I


think it took an awful lot of people by surprise. Somebody who came from


absolute obscurity and managed to rise to power and ethically secure


one of the most powerful executive positions on earth and Emmanuel


Macron one in the most convincing circumstances possible as well. I am


wondering if this may indeed be the arrival of Emmanuel Macron himself.


Given the amount of police motorcyclists. There we are. This is


the moment Emmanuel Macron arrives at the Elysee Palace. A big cheer


from the crowd there. His wife is already inside, she has made the


journey along the red carpet but Macron supporters waving the French


flag as he arrives for this enormous day. Before he has even reached the


age of 40. Yes, indeed. You have talked us through... It is actually,


Francois Hollande is waiting. The two will have the meeting.


You have doctors through the handover of power, then will follow


the official inauguration that will happen at the ballroom of the Elysee


Palace, but on the previous Republic, it has happened at


Versailles effectively and Emmanuel Macron will be accompanied by senior


officials, including the Prime Minister, and the presidents of both


chambers of parliament, the lower house and indeed the Senate. And


interestingly a solemn march will be played, Emmanuel Macron is a proper


music but then he will put some thought into a choice of his musical


piece. The ceremony, the actual ceremony will take place then.


Emmanuel Macron has got out of the car and is making his way along the


red carpet into the Elysee Palace. For the handover of power.


Walking towards the outgoing president, Francois Hollande. Seen


as the protege of a manual Macron, giving him his break in politics,


putting him first as an adviser and then as a economy minister,


unelected economy Minister in the socialist government. So very


symbolic day, this relationship between the two men, complicated


one, resulting in this literal handover of power from one man to


the other. Well, there you see the grandeur inside the Elysee Palace as


the two men walk up the stairs, the outgoing president Francois Hollande


and the incoming President Emmanuel Macron. And we will would just


hearing their the formal handover of power, which includes Mr Macron


being given the French nuclear codes there. We were seeing Francois


Hollande, who, in some ways has been seen by many political commentators


in France as a political failure, he did not run in this election but


Macron was his economy Minister between the years 2014 and 2016, in


some ways Mr Hull's protege and now Francois Hollande is handing power


literally inside the Elysee Palace. -- Mr Hollande's protege. As the


band and the music begins. And our correspondent Hugh Schofield


joins us from Paris. It really is an extraordinary


political moment, this, isn't it, for France? This young man, he was


not emerged from nowhere, he had been economy Minister, setting up


his own party only a year ago and now president. Yes, and what it


makes me reflect on how brilliantly the French education system can be


when it sort of six to pick out brilliant individuals and promote


them through the ranks because he is, in a way, the classic product of


an egalitarian education system. The problem is it only works in some


cases, it does work absolutely superbly. He came from a


middle-class background in the Providence but his audience was


spotted by people at school, in fact, at a religious school, private


school. He then got selected and pushed through the regular elite


educational, other educational system to join the ranks of the


administrative elite of the country and from there, as we know, with his


eye on power and his eye on his own destiny, because I think he's a man


who really does believe in his own destiny, he did what he has done.


And it is a remarkable achievement which one has two hand to him. I


think the other interesting thing today about today which you have all


alluded to is this relationship with Francois Hollande and we have seen


in the last week, a slight tension between the two men because on the


one hand, Francois Hollande is quite clearly very eager to sort of up the


signal that his presidency was not a disaster because look, someone from


my presidency is continuing and is carrying on, has taken on the


mantle. What I set out to do goes on, kind of thing. But of course


Emmanuel Macron find that legacy slightly irksome. Much though I


think he likes Francois Hollande and certainly owes a lot, he does want


to keep his distance from Francois Hollande, in particular in the light


of the upcoming parliamentary elections, he does not want to be


seen to be the anointed successor. Particularly we saw it last week


about ceremony at Arc de Triomphe after the election, Francois


Hollande bearing on the clock on the back, my spiritual son as it were,


Emmanuel Macron saying thank you, yes, I would rather be my own man


now. But, of course, from today it is the power skimpily, manual Macron


is the president. Francois Hollande will be the man who is forgotten. It


in US Marconi 's name as a result of what has been regarded as a failed


presidency. The sermon today which is lavishly beautiful to watch,, the


hard work begins straight afterwards. He has to form a


government very quickly, appointed Prinosil, which might be as soon as


tomorrow, we are hearing, he has go to be meeting Angela Merkel very


seen to talk about Europe. We have this error may now, -- ceremony. A


meeting behind closed doors, security operations will be


discussed, things that we do not know about, that the president needs


to handle to the other, the codes for the nuclear. And then will be


the speech, the ceremony of anointing him as Grand Master of the


order of the Legion of honour, that goes with all presidents, deep


recession on Champs-Elysee and then we will get down to business. The


name of the Prime Minister either today or tomorrow. Will this be a


character of the political right? That is what is the big question


because in drawing up of his list of candidates for the Parliamentary


elections, quite clearly there is a bias in that list towards the left


and as Macron was, someone who is above that old divide, it is quite


important to him to redress that and I think his inclination is to


appoint someone who is from the centre-right. Maybe do some from the


opposition, someone who is on the centuries wing of that party,


Republicans, he might be Macron compatible. That would be his ideal,


various names circulating. The former mayor of Strasberg, these are


the kind of people, a centrist MEP, these are the names that are


circulating at the moment. It will be very important because it was


then that the signal as to how he conceives of his party and how, what


hopes the house for turning that into a majority in parliament. Then


of course this is this visit tomorrow to Germany. He had said


before that his first trip abroad would be to visit serving military


men and women abroad, but it seems that has been put off and the trip


to Germany will come first which will be tomorrow. That is vital, of


course. Hollande went to see Merkel on the day of his inauguration and


on that plane, by the way, was a young Emmanuel Macron he was his


adviser. The plane got hit by lightning coincidently. Another sign


of the start of the Hollande presidency. It is Macron who will go


tomorrow. The relationship with Merkel is good to be fascinating to


watch because we have arriving now somebody who is incredibly


pro-European, who really wants to get back the Franco Germany


relationship, the golden years, to try and rebuild that element of


trust. His deal, his budding rugby I will bring France down the road of


reform, economic reform, if you, Germany, bring Germany down the road


of, for example, making the desert of all European countries neutralise


and so on, that way of building Europe from the top down. That is


the bargain he is going to want to bring to Angela Merkel tomorrow. It


is a very important meeting. Whew, just the with us because we are


seeing these magnificent pictures from central Paris from the Elysee


Palace. The two men, as you are saying, outgoing president Hollande


and incoming president Emmanuel Macron, exchanging the nuclear


missile launch codes, amongst other security procedures that I have been


going through at the moment. Then we gather President Hollande will leave


the palace and the result of the election is read out inside the


Elysee, a moment that marks the actual assumption of power and


Emmanuel Macron is then presented with what is effectively his chain


of office, that heavy golden necklace, mounted on a red cushion.


We have been seen pictures of it actually. That makes him the Grand


Master of the National order of the legion, apparently he will not put


it on. He is presented with it. I wonder if I can ask you this, is


France, the election of a manual Macron, this very young dynamic


politician, is it feeling good about itself because I suppose there has


been a sense in some ways of France stagnating economically with a lot


of problems and divisions, now he has been elected with this huge


chunk of the boat, and it feeling better about itself. -- huge chunk


of the vote. Goodness knows there have been moments of false hope in


the past. I think part of the rise of populism issued to the sense that


with every election everyone gets whipped up into a sense of a new


dawn and things being resolved and they never are. And that just create


cynicism about the establishment politics and once again we do have


something of that feeling of optimism hitting the country. This


time body by someone who is more genuinely new and young and has been


transgressive in a way by taking an the sacred cows of the old parties


by saying he's going to do stuff and apparently not minding if it is


unpopular. I think we've all been struck by how open he is unwilling


to insist on the challenges that emissaries. -- he is willing to


insist on the changes that are necessary. He says life is going to


be tough, there are tough decisions ahead. I think that plain speaking


is quite refreshing and gives people a feeling that maybe this time we've


got someone who is prepared to undertake the necessary reforms. I


don't think anyone is foolish enough to think that this is somehow going


to change things radically. We know there are tough times ahead. We know


there are other of elections coming up, the third round of the


presidential elections, because he has got to win a majority that. The


fourth round, potentially, on the street. Everyone is expecting a fee


does go ahead with his reform plans for pedigree changing the labour


laws, he said he would do by degree, not by a vote on parliament in the


law, by decree, that will certainly create some sort of backlash in the


Austin. There is an optimism which is quite significant now, the French


have been so long tarnished, politically and what they call the


Anglo-Saxon media has been the kind of dead ducks of the Western world.


Now they have this sense, hang on a sec, things are moving, Trump in


America. Trump has been lambasted by the while's media, seems to have a


good thing to say about somehow be light and darkness changing of


modern politics. We are in the light and they are in the dark. We are the


ones with the new hopeful leader who is got ideas and dynamism and youth


and education and culture and openness in foreign languages and


all the rest of it and that looks good. We feel good. He is using our


language, he is talking of human rights, as the mission of France, of


its role in the baulk and suddenly the French feel actually, we can


hold our hands high against the now. There is this moment where they are


asking, I think, in the blue of favourable baulk attention which is


something they are not particular use to. -- world attention. We think


the car that reversed up to the engines of the red carpet. I am


guessing that is the carpet takes away President Hollande. A rather


modest vehicle actually for the outgoing president. I'm straw he is


not used to being driven in a small vehicle. How will France remember


him, as a failure or somebody who did his best? Just on that car


business, we all remember this moment five years ago where Sarkozy


handed over to Francois Hollande, Sarkozy came down the steps to the


car and very poignantly and significantly and rudely maybe


thought Francois Hollande did not accompany him down the steps to the


car. This was seen as a real robust and a sign of how Hollande had no


time at all four Sarkozy. Hollande said he regretted that. If that is


not the field to the day, they could not have the politeness to accompany


the upcoming president to the car. How will it be seen? I think


inevitably as a failure. That is justified because I remember over


and again towards the beginning of this Hollande presidency, Francois


Hollande going on television and saying with a solemn eye, staying at


the pose -- staring at the people of France, I will bring down


unemployment, I will be judged on my ability to bring down unemployment.


Unemployment has gone up. It is the biggest curse on this country's


social and political life. It has not been addressed. I think that


must therefore go down as the big black mark on his presidency. There


are people like Macron calling the new ways of tackling unemployment,


there are other countries in Europe that have done it by freeing up the


labour market. There are people on the left, the far left who are


saying there are other ways to do it as well. He said he had the


solution, he said he would be judged on whether or not he brought


unemployment down. He has not. It has gone up. I think you must be


judged on the very like he shone on himself at the very start. -- the


very light. We are waiting as the two men continue their discussions


and the transfer of those nuclear codes and that is the scene there in


the splendour of the Elysee Palace and we will see them walk down those


stairs. We are not quite sure how long it is going to Kate, to be


honest. One more question about Emmanuel Macron. He said, an Brexit,


he's going to be pretty tough. He is very much a pro-European, he is


absolutely behind the European project and how tough do think he is


going to be on the United Kingdom when it comes to the Brexit


negotiations because France and Germany are the crucial nations in


the EU? He is quite remarkably pro-European and he speaks in a


language, one that is almost forgotten, because of the kind of


problems at the last four years and the apologetic tone that has crept


into politicians way of speaking about the European Union, even


pro-European politicians here in France and Germany somehow do not


feel that they can laud the enterprise any more because it has


gone so badly wrong. That is not Macron's feeling at all. This is a


remarkable thing and it has a feature, we just need to grasp the


changes that are needed to bring it forward. -- it has a future. The


enterprise of Europe is at a turning point, which we've kind of analyse


already. Either it goes forward big-time or it goes back time. He is


someone that feels it has to go forward with major reforms now. To


integrate properly, to have a central bank, to have controlled the


European budget and so on. That is what he wants. He was to rebut this


relationship with Germany and that is what is going to make life


difficult for Theresa May and the British because he's going to want


to speak on Bar is a Europe that is unified, strong and very, very


confident. There is another way of looking about which is perhaps more


favourable to Britain wishes to a united Europe which is a Europe


which is able to negotiate more openly with less of a complex, less


of a fear of setting an example to other countries, other populist


moment around the continent. His view an Brexit is that it is a


disaster for Britain and there is absolutely no reason to give Britain


any favours at all four taken mysteries. For the moment, thank you


very much. For taking this choice. The guards outside the Elysee either


with their bayonets and Emmanuel Macron, the 39 euros, new president


of France, inside talking to outgoing president, Francois


Hollande. -- 39 years old. After the formal inauguration, the new


president Emmanuel Macron will inspect the troops behind the


palace, there will be a 21 gun salute and the new president will


leave the Elysee and visit Arc de Triomphe. And the tomb beneath it is


the unknown soldier. Let's go back to corresponded to as close to the


Elysee. A rather wonderful day to do that, apart from the rain.


Absolutely a moment of history. The rain has eased now. We are close the


police will let us get. Of course the security is enormous. France


still under a state of emergency following the attacks of 2015.


Really the number of journalists is huge as well here. Please in general


is in the Street only. Just a few minutes ago we saw a flotilla of


police motorcycles and cars as Emmanuel Macron got out of the car


and went in to meet Francois Hollande. Those two men in a private


meeting right now, that is a meeting of about half an hour, you are


talking about it, that is the handover of power, they are having a


fairly formal conversation with the handover also of France's nuclear


codes. We also saw them together at the beginning of the week. It was a


victory Europe Day commemorations on mediate. The two men went to the Arc


de Triomphe then. It was a public holiday, we watched it happen. It


was Emmanuel Macron's first outing as President-elect and he stood


side-by-side with the outgoing presidents, Francois Hollande on


that day on Monday. But today when the next see him, he will be in the


process of becoming France's actual president and Francois Hollande will


walk along the red-carpet, get into the car, the comes out of that


meeting, and leave the Elysee Palace for the last time as president and


now we will have the inauguration ceremony in the ballroom. The


genocide there, they are waiting for that meeting to come to an end. --


the journalists are there. My guess still with me. What sense did we get


when we saw Francois Hollande on Monday next year Emmanuel Macron? ,


as the relationship, over the past relationship between them and how it


is now, many have seen it as a betrayal of the owl going president,


a manual, saying he is forming his own party, taking the reins of power


from his formal Master? It has to be said that on the face of it, the


relationship between a Emmanuel Macron and former President Hollande


in a few moments time, it was quite good. President Hollande who brought


in Emmanuel Macron festival as his economic adviser and then as is a


economy minister. But it has to be said that the economy minister job


was more down to the Prime Minister than Hollande himself. He


effectively was brought in, Macron was brought in as a money man into


Holland's government. It was in the final year of Hollande's presidency


and a lot of people thought that it was far too late to do anything


about a failing presidency in terms of economic matters. But Macron


introduced liberalising policies which upset the socialist camp and


led to its division and indeed pave the way and a sense for her centrist


path to power. What relationship do we expect him to have with the main


political parties? His own formal party, the Socialists and the


central right party? Technically the En Marche is very recent indeed,


more than a year ago he started up his movement. He resigned from


Hollande's cabinet, it took a lot of guts, he started off with no base at


all and he managed to create one of his own. Since his victory speech,


he has rebranded his party and he will have the immense task now is


recruiting people. He made it abundantly clear throughout his


campaign, he was neither of the left or the right and he would be seeking


577 candidates from the right and be left to join his new voting bloc to


represent him in the National Assembly. That is the focus. Looking


for the papers, they seem ready to be looking ahead to that challenge,


that that husband Larry Little respite, very little time to


celebrate and enjoy the moment, he is eagerly having to focus on


getting some MPs, getting a majority in parliament so he can carry out


the things that he has pledged to do. Very much so. Today the


magnificent spectacle of the inauguration will be effectively the


last day of celebration and the festivities will effectively end by


Monday morning when Emmanuel Macron will have to get stuck into the


nitty-gritty of governance and indeed realise, apply, start


applying his ambitious political programme and then indeed realise


the weight of office that is out of them. Thank you. As we wait for an


Emmanuel Macron and Francois Hollande to emerge from that


meeting. Let us just go back to Ben in London. There is the car that


will take the outgoing president Francois Hollande away for the last


time from the Elysee Palace. He will walk along that red-carpet and step


into that rather small car by his standards. If you are used to the


vehicles of the French Presidency, that is quite a modest one. That is


the vehicle that will take him away from the Elysee after he has


transferred power to Emmanuel Macron, a process which is under way


at the moment. And Emmanuel Macron, amongst other things, is being given


the French nuclear codes and then the election result will be read out


inside the Elysee Palace. That is the formal moment when Emmanuel


Macron becomes the French president. Really an extraordinary achievement


that this 39-year-old newcomer, he was in a commonly minister in


Francois Hollande's government, a man who is created his own political


movement, En Marche, unknown to the world a year or two ago but has now


let to Providence and is now going to be -- take to the helm of the


world's fifth-largest economy. A country that is a founding member of


the European Union and Emmanuel Macron is a fervent pro-European. So


his stance during the Brexit negotiations is going to be


particularly interesting to see. Emanuel McConnell, a former


investment banker, who is promised to bring in a wide-ranging reforms


to the French economy. -- Emmanuel Macron. Many have seen a stagnating


in recent times. We can bring in a correspondence for French media who


can talk to us I think. How significant do you think this is,


this moment when we see a manual McConnell take the presidency? Is


splendour, it's very symbolic moment when the power, there is no discover


new witty of power, it is one president going directly to the next


and this one is going to be very different from the one that was five


years ago between Francois Hollande and so cosy. At the time, it was not


done in a very good spirit, in a way. Sarkozy lost, he wanted to be


re-elected, he lost his adversary on the left.


This time he says it will be almost joyous occasion, he didn't have the


credentials to try be elected again and decided not to run. Emmanuel


Macron was elected and he used to be his minister, it's like passing the


power, he said to a friend. Some of the same political family, almost.


So it will be a friendly occasion, of course a very ceremonial and


official ceremony but we saw already that Francois Hollande wants to have


a paternalistic approach to it. We saw that when the two men were


together on the 8th of May, and after that last week, so basically


the ceremony has things that has to happen but there is some average for


the two man. They can make the ceremony what they want -- there is


some leveraged for the two man. Emmanuel Macron is a new man who is


not a politician by trade. How will he want to put his print on this


very significant ceremony? We are seeing this wonderful pictures from


the Elysee, with guards who will do a 21 gun salute. To what extent do


you think that France is still a country divided? We have shown -- as


was shown by the election, although Emmanuel Macron won a sizeable


majority of 65%, there are deep divisions that he has to work hard


to overcome? Indeed. He was elected largely. But the person behind him


was Marine Le Pen. You have these people that want to save the


Republic, they were there but between the first and second round,


but it was not as big in 2002 with Jean-Marie Le Pen versus Jacques


Chirac. There was not this is a relation of people as people coming


together, whoever they wanted to come together around to save the


Republic. During the first and second round, there was criticism of


Emmanuel Macron Marathon 2002 criticism of Jacques Chirac was not


exactly allowed. There was the Southern splendour as one critic


said. He has been elected largely. -- sudden splendour. They didn't


want to have the Front National in the Palace so they didn't vote for


him by choice, and some people, a lot of people decided not to vote at


all. In terms of the voting rating, Emmanuel Macron arrived first, then


spoiled ballots, and then Marine Le Pen. The day afterwards was elected.


There were people protesting against Emmanuel Macron as president. There


was something important about that. It happened in 2007, when Sarkozy


was elected. There were people in the street pops protest against


Nicolas Sarkozy. There is something, some would argue, that is being lost


in the respect that you have to give to the function of president. If,


even before being installed as president, he can be challenged, you


can say of him, I don't want him, I want him out. Get rid of him. He was


just elected freshly. So some people are very wary of him. In the first


round, John Luke Melenchon was in the far left and did a -- his


new-found supporters really don't agree with the programme of Emmanuel


Macron and in particular, his labour law reform, the liberal law reform.


This far left movement really gathered momentum for the first


round. So he has a very divided country indeed, to take care. It is


not just the far right but also far left who have waken up for this


election. As the press said just after the first round, there is a


difference that is doing well, voting for Emmanuel Macron, and the


France that is doing badly, that's the France that voted for Marine Le


Pen. It's a bit more complicated than that. It is not just that


people want a nationalistic approach of the country's problem and want to


vote for the far right, that would be easy enough to understand, but it


is much more fragmented. It will be quite complicated, because Emmanuel


Macron doesn't want to be Francois Hollande number two. He doesn't want


to realise that he doesn't -- he doesn't want the presidency to pass


by and realised he didn't do anything. He is already displeasing


a lot of people, so it is going to be hard for him. But even now he is


not a politician by trade, I think is quite prepared to do what he has


to do and even being quite unpopular for what he has to do. Because he


knows in the end that five years from now, what is going to count for


most people, people who didn't agree with him before he started before


will never agree with him. He knows that even in five years, the people


he won't need to convince other people who are waiting for results


and that is the way he wants to start his presidency. He wants to do


things very quickly, he said himself that he wants to change without even


going through Parliament at the summer. He wants to do things that


are radical, maybe that's a bad word, but important, he wants to


change the face of France in a way. That is bound to be unpopular but at


the same time French people say they want change. So we will see how they


accept the change that the new president is presenting. Thank you.


Just tell us, we are seeing the wonderful preparation for the


ceremony at the Elysee Palace. It will all get away after Mr Macron


has finished his meeting with the outgoing president, Francois


Hollande. He will be presented with a ceremony and the official


documents, he will be officially president. We always think, in


Britain, we do ceremonial rather well but in France they do it very


well too. How important is it to the French people and the French


republic that there is this great ceremonial surrounding the


inauguration of the new president? It is quite important. Even though


we don't have kings any more, we do like the ceremonial of power still.


It is something that is still very intriguing. The Palace is a grand


seem to do that in. You can see the length of this break -- red carpet,


and the palace, and the ballroom is very beautiful as well. After he has


spoken at the Elysee Palace and after the position of power is down,


he will go at the Champs-Elysees, which is dubbed the most beautiful


avenue of the world. That is quite important that the French president


is able to go down in the most beautiful avenue in the world. That


is not an significant for the French people. It is possible -- that is


significant for the French people. The night he was elected, it was


possible that he might walk alone to the end of the Champs-Elysees, which


is what he did, if you remember, on Sunday evening. He walked, isolated,


towards the people with the European anthem behind him. And it was very


touching and special. It's something he will be remembered for in years


to come, this man, a loan, walking towards the people of France.


Apparently, that is what he wants to do again. Symbolism is very


important. As I said, there is some kind of possibility for the two men


to make what they want. Emmanuel Macron is any man, he wants make it


special and so, it is not just another politician that you have in


this grand and splendid palace, who by the way, most presidents don't


like because it's not nice to live in. Even though I'm going to the


same palace, I will be different. That is apparently what he wants to


do and how he wants to do it, by working alone. Thank you so much for


the moment, very good to talk to you. That spring back in Hugh


Schofield, our Paris correspondent. You've watched lots of these power


transfers down big year in France. Marie were saying we don't have


kings any more, but you wouldn't guess that from the splendour around


the Elysee Palace today. Talking -- talk as the what happens and how


important it is the France. But they say the French have a monopoly


course freak in them. -- monarchical streak in them and


they haven't lost the taste for monarchy, it's deep in the genes of


the country. They seem to take the big idea of a president -- seemed to


take to the idea of a president who is above politics. By contrast with


Britain, for example, this is all new. The French republic is only


about 70 years old. All these rituals that have been


-- invented in recent times, it looks ancient and pompous and full


of ceremony, but actually a lot of it was invented by Charles de Gaulle


and his successor. I have not been that many presidential handover of


power in the fifth Republic. That said, there is at the Elysee, the


trappings of ceremony. It pleases, I think, the French, to see it all


rolled out again. Certainly as a nation, the French now have -- know


how to do it in the same way the British know-how to do it. Both our


nations with history, tradition and, uniforms and grandfather. --


fanfare. one of his first priorities as


president is to try and get a decent showing of MPs in the parliament?


How is he going to do that? He has En Marche but it's a tall order


isn't it? It is pretty much been born from nothing. But there are


hopeful signs. It is not ludicrous to predict that he'll get a majority


in the house -- the lower chamber. It is by no means a given, and he


will fight hard to get it with his new party, the En Marche, but there


is something here which he has rightly identified as a logic of the


institutions. There is a national feeling that, if you I elected


president, the least you can do afterwards is to give him a majority


in parliament so he can do what he set out to do. The constitution is


very flexible in France, it's set in stone by Charles de Gaulle in 1958.


It makes the president an important figure but it is based on his ruling


the majority of Parliament. If he doesn't have that majority, then


power does shift. It shifts to the Prime Minister. This is what


Emmanuel Macron wants to avoid, he wants a parameter and the government


loyal to him. But to have that, he needs a majority. The next few weeks


will be important because the landscape has shifted after the


selection completely. We are in unknown territory, the pollsters


don't know how to predict this election because Sting constituency


by a constituency. We have the En Marche movement with the wind in its


sales, younger candidates from civil society which come fresh faced with


optimism, but you have the other parties too. On the right, Le


Republica, which has not fallen apart. It feels that the legislative


or the chance to come back and make a great showing, to signify the


Emmanuel Macron that the centre-right is where the balance of


power lies. So to win the majority, and impose on him a promised and


government which will have to work. If that happens, we will have to


have the cohabitation with Macron as president and really having to take


a step back from the polity making -- policy-making, which will reside


mostly with the government on Prime Minister with the backing of


Parliament. That is what Emmanuel Macron wants to avoid. So it will be


very important and is interesting. All you can say in Emmanuel Macron's


favour is that there is a logic to his election, and many people will


not have voted for him in the presidential election. I will be


saying, we need to give him a chance. He seems to be an honest


person with ideas. If we hamstring him from the start, his whole


presidency will be a failure of course. Let us give him the powers


he needs to do what he has to do. And he will do what he has to do as


an outsider, is the way he's been portrayed. This has been cold by


some as a political revolution in France. In another way, he is an


archetypal insider. You are tiny in terms of his education, he is part


of the French elite. -- you told me in terms of his education, he is


part of the elite. But he is portraying himself as an outsider.


This is what is held against him by both be right and the far left. The


handover of power, they say, is a sham. Because Francois Hollande,


according to this theory, has done something of political genius. The


critics say that his presidency was a failure when it comes to policy


and its effect on the country but politically, boxer-macro remains a


mastermind. What he has done is cleverly -- Francois Hollande


remains a mastermind. He has bought someone into power who has carried


on his legacy. This is someone who has been with Francois Hollande from


the start. Macron was with Francois Hollande on the day have in direct


-- on the day of his inauguration. He was his protege. This is held


against him and Francois Hollande in particular by both the far left and


the far right. It is his weak point, carrying on the legacy that broadly


what he is going to do is carry out more effectively what Francois


Hollande tried to carry out. That is a soft liberalisation of economic


policy and a soft warming up with Germany. The idea is that Francois


Hollande was hamstrung with that because he made promises to the left


and was not a man who had clear ideas. But that was the drift of his


policy. Macron now, who says we need to open up and liberalise and reform


Europe, to staff, that is simply a -- we need to do stuff, that is


simply doing it without the embarrassment of boxer-macro's


policy. Continuity I think is part of this, but France does not need


anything radical, it needs change in the direction that it has set out


already. A more open labour market, close the relationships with


Germany, the reforms which Emmanuel Macron has espoused. It is


continuity, but the alternative was something radical indeed. That was a


move towards the politics of emotion, and populism. That is what


the country has rejected. Rejected it for now. To what extent do you


think populism and the far right and Marine Le Pen will be back next


time? Undoubtedly, they will not go away unless the country can lift


itself up by its bootstraps and in five years' time, feel better place.


If it does feel a better place five years from there is no reason to


think that Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon of the far left,


will be then really poised to take part. But that is a big if. But it


is possible that there are historical forces at work here that


are beyond the possibility of any president to turn around. Maybe what


is happening in Europe and France is a decline in relationship with the


rest of the world, a sense of no longer being the top dogs at the top


table, that is something which will have to get used to. It will be a


long process of adjustment of other parts of the world like China and


India become more important and richer. It may be a psychological


adjustment of the country has to go to. Which will take a long period of


time, and it may be in five years' time the country still feels very


badly off and unhappy and miserable and nostalgic, in which case the


solutions offered by the protectionist, the Nationalists, or


on the left the people who want to completely overhaul the capitalist


system, those messages may still have great appeal. They are owed an


enormous result ability under shoulders of Emmanuel Macron to give


signals over the next five years. No one expects things to sell around


completely, but at least the start of the process of rebuilding. -- no


one expects things to turn around completely. On the European level,


this will play out. If Macron gets his way, we will see a big


relaunching of the European project. Again, some say we have been there


and done that. Do we really want to rest all our hopes on a resurgence


of the European project? Is his argument will be, yes, we have


reached a point where we have got rid of Britain which was the great,


sort of, ball and chain about immigration, now is the chance for


you really to move down the road to integration -- for Europe to really


move down the road to integration, setting up European Parliament, is


there a system of distributing wealth. If that can happen in


partnership with France's reef forming, maybe Europe will start


being able to take the rightful place on the world stage to which he


certainly think is it. Thanks for joining us. Hugh Schofield with his


analysis of where we are on a historic day this France as it


watches the transfer of power from Francois Hollande too, as you were


saying, the young Emmanuel Macron. Close by to the Elysee Palace is our


correspondent, and we were seeing people on the street


we were speaking to people and the crowd of been huge, whether it is a


socialist or another party. Perhaps Emmanuel Macron has not attracted


the same amount of actual supporters turning up to the Elysee Palace


because he is so new. But they are saying around here, this is a far


smaller crowds may have seen at the Elysee Palace for past inauguration.


You were talking about the difficulties and challenges that


Emmanuel Macron faces and has been facing since the moment he was


elected one week ago. All the newspapers this morning, pretty much


all of them, are talking about what he has to do now. The honeymoon


period was so incredibly short before, immediately, he started


thinking towards the 11th of June, that is one the lower house of


parliament elections take place. He needs a majority of MPs in that


lower house of parliament. At the moment En Marche, his party, his


movement, has absolutely nobody in the Parliament. They have to get a


working majority of people to support him in order for Emmanuel


Macron to carry out the reforms he wants in order to pass laws. That is


talk about this some more. This week, we have had the revelation of


people running for the seats, not all of them have been announced.


They are a diverse bunch, exactly half female, and come from all walks


of life? The presidential office will be in enormous for Macron. He


realises that. The difficulty for him will be that he has at the


moment, no constituency behind him and his En Marche is fairly new. He


has this changed it to Republic En Marche. At the moment, he doesn't


have a shoo-in. -- a shoo-in Prime Minister to come into the lower


house. And he has no obvious political allies either. He will


have to find some too, effectively, enforce his ambitious political


programme. As you said, at the moment, people have emigrated so


far, half of them have no political experience at all -- people have


been recruited so far. The average age is 46 which is younger than the


people who occupy the seats at the moment. People from all walks of


life including a former bull-fighter and a former Nobel were winning


mathematician. It is 50-50 in terms of male and female distribution. But


this strikes me less about ability than representational correctness.


He will have to find political friends and allies pretty quickly.


We see inside the Elysee, everybody in anticipation. That meeting


between outgoing and incoming president seems to be going on for a


while. They are having essentially an informal conversation before


Emmanuel Macron sees Francois Hollande out of the Elysee Palace


the good. But as an outgoing president, I'm sure Francois


Hollande will be welcomed but they will follow the actual inauguration


after that. We saw Emmanuel Macron's rive Bridget alive -- wife Bridget


alive before her husband. Why did it come in that order?


-- review that guard by the incumbent president and his wife by


the steps of the Elysee Palace. Of course, president Emmanuel Macron is


a bachelor and doesn't have an official first Lady. The surgery and


-- to avoid embarrassment, she arrived before him. We have talked


about his forthcoming parliamentary legislative election, there is


obviously the fact that the French president is a powerful role in


itself. But Parliament is essential still for doing things he wants to


do. Absolutely. The irony about Emmanuel Macron is that what it


essentially allowed him to rise so quickly, is also to do with his


ability. We discussed how lucky he got with this election. But it has


to do with the details. He is hands on with the policies he lamented. --


with the policies he invented. He will be having to find ministers and


crucially, a permanently to reinforce his policies. He will be


less hands-on ironically, and he will have to find people to


implement this programme. Monday will be the day that announcement


all be to be premised. A lot of names are being bandied about. That


will be crucial to set the tone for his presidency, whether he chooses


someone from the Socialist Party or the more right-wing candidate, it


will be decisive in the course of action in his administration. So


far, there have been 24 socialists who have been selected to represent


his Republic En Marche movement to face this Parliament elections.


There will be members from the conservative Republican parties who


want to leave what is a blighted party now in the wake of their


their support of a candidate who is going under criminal investigation.


They will want immediate power and will be tempted to join the En


Marche movement. These allegations against Francois Fillon, he would


have been a favourite for centre-right and his expenses and


salaries are now under the microscope and that effectively led


to the fact that he fell out of the race and did not make it through to


the second round. I think it is fair to say when the


scandal broke, the state job scandal, he would've been a shoo-in,


for Fillon. He had a formidable vehicle behind him help, he took


over as Sarkozy as head of the party and he was hugely popular. Everybody


was absolutely convinced that he was going to be the next president and


all of a sudden, this scandal broke out which has to do with the


effectively self enrichment and I think that is what made an awful lot


of difference in the minds of French people who, let's be honest, I used


to be corruption of the political class of France, either on the left


or on the right, but the difference was, unlike others who also got


criminal charges against them for all sorts of corruption with the


party, it had to do with enriching the party and not themselves and I


think that is the main difference that has stuck with the French


people. That was the twist of fate that helped Emmanuel Macron on the


right. What happened with regard to the socialist? They had a primary


which ended up in a candidate being chosen who were so far to the left


that he did not represent the centre, the right of the party and


utter innocence was another sense of luck for Emmanuel Macron? To a


certain extent, it could be argued that he is responsible for the


fragmentation of the left. He came in as a money man to Hollande's


government and he started implementing very right-wing, some


people would say, liberalising economic policies which divided the


left and absolutely angered an awful lot of traditional socialist. It


effectively lead to the explosion of the left into three separate


parties. The hard life, Jean-Luc Melenchon, the official candidate


for the socialist was another, the social Democrat, Emmanuel Macron who


won the race in the end. We are just waiting. As many of the people in


the Elysee Palace are for former, or the outgoing president Francois


Hollande to emerge. From that meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the


incoming president, the handover of power, the conversation between the


two men. They know each other so well. Handing over the nuclear codes


as well. This very private meeting is critical. It is absolutely


crucial to this whole process, isn't it? Absolutely. It is the effective


handover of power that is happening at the moment. In a short period of


time, we will see President Hollande out of the Elysee Palace, honoured


by the Republican guard salute, of course he will be welcomed at any


time by the Macrons in the Elysee Palace as well and will follow the


actual inauguration ceremony which is very solemn and will happen in


the ballroom at the Elysee Palace, as has been the case under the fifth


public. It has not been the case under the third and fourth republics


where it took place in the room at Versailles. So, while we wait here,


just outside the Elysee Palace looking at the crowds that opposite,


waiting for Francois Hollande, the outgoing president to emerge, once


he has got into a car, we saw parked, at the end of the 60 metres


of red-carpet, he will drive away and that is the end of his term in


office. Under blue skies now, the rain has stopped, thankfully, here


in Paris. The moment, back to you, Ben, in the studio. Thank you very


much indeed. Those talks between the outgoing President Hollande and his


protege, the new president 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, those


talks seem to be going on a little bit longer than we had expected. But


they are, as we know, two men who know each other very well and they


have got plenty to talk about, the future of France and the transfer of


those nuclear codes. Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield, that


is, innocence, some of the most important business of the day. We


have all this ceremonial but as the transfer of the nuclear codes that


is crucial there. I've been reading up on the nuclear codes, is it


really be nuclear codes, what does it mean? Do they have to memorise


it? In fact what it is we use the shorthand in nuclear codes, what it


is it is a code, it is a code that identifies him as the president. In


other words, when there is a crisis and the Armed Forces chiefs are, on


the stand-by, in order to identify himself to them to say look, I am


giving the order to launch the nuclear missiles, he needs to have


some kind of identifier and that is what is handed over to him at this


meeting. Presumably in must change as well. More than that, I do not


know. It is not the kind of code that launches a nuclear missile, it


is the identifier for the president. And the anecdote that goes with it


that in 1981 when the president was handing over to the next, he had


this meeting which is going on now between Macron. Hollande, and gave


him the information and it was on a piece of paper and he put it in the


pocket of his suit that later in the day, he changed his suit and Lucy 20


the dry cleaners! Sony pocket of deceit going to the dry cleaners was


the President's personal identifier which would allow him to lodge


nuclear war. Fortunately of course the suit was recuperated in time


when the problem was spotted and nothing ever leaked out. But that is


the story. It is a very good story. You have the image of Mr Macron


scribbling down numbers on a scrap of paper. I cannot imagine it as


basic as that today. Look, the sky over Paris has lifted. It is a


beautiful blue sky now because it was raining rather heavily one were


talking to a colleague earlier. Perhaps that is a symbol of a bright


new dawn for France as it enters its new presidency. And the car that I


will take away the outgoing president Hollande. What are your


thoughts on this day? A very political significant day for


France. Well, on a more trivial meteorological question, everyone


remembers this day five years ago when Hollande had just been


inaugurated and made his way up Champs-Elysee and it started


bucketing with rain and he was sodden and his suits started taking


on this air of sheen on it. Well, the weather is certainly looking


better today. There is finally the moment we have been waiting for. The


new president and the old president side-by-side, after that meeting


that we have just been talking about, where they work, amongst


other things, discussing the nuclear codes. And Emmanuel Macron, as Hugh


Schofield wishes telling us, being given the code that identified him


as the man who can trigger a nuclear response from France. And applause


as the two men walk along the red carpet that leads Francois Hollande


to the car that will take him away from the Elysee Palace for the last


time. And a handshake and a tap on the shoulder for the new president,


Emmanuel Macron. From the man, Francois Hollande who brought him


into his government as Economy Minister and has watched him rise to


power. Francois Hollande applauded by his protege as he steps into the


back of that modest car, a ways to his successor. A -- his successor.


Leading with a mixed legacy. Seen as by an author as a failure, his


popularity rating slumped. A wave in the sunshine. As he leaves. Applause


as he is driven out through the gates for the last time. The crowds


outside the Elysee that are an Emmanuel Macron now walks back alone


along the red carpet to the Elysee for the formal inauguration ceremony


as Francois Hollande is driven away. Mr Macron with his wife Brigitte.


The women he met when he was her drama student at school, just a


teenager and he wrote the play, apparently, that she wished hugely


impressed by and all of France has been impressed by his talent and he


has risen with meteoric speed as these races up those stairs with


great energy, bounding up the stairs, just showing what a young


president he is. Only 39 years of age. But is it going to be a


revolution in France or is it is going to be more of the same? That


is what Hugh Schofield was discussing whether because, of


course, he has been Francois Hollande's protege and many of his


critics, Mr Macron, will say, he is just part of the old Hollande regime


who is going to continue the same policies. So, he's Goforth, Paris


correspondent, just talk is what really happens now. How does this


inauguration actually take place? In these sort of constitutional


ceremonial, there is no actual, I do not think, moment of handing on of


power. There is no anointing of the king like there would be in the


cathedral in the old days, the moment of the anointing he becomes


king. I think it is just happening now as we speak. At some point in


this hour, the hour that has been on the hour that has yet to come, he


becomes president. You could see it as the moment when Francois Hollande


tries away all the moment when the president of the cost YouTube


Council reads out the results of the elections which he is going to do


now. Maybe that is the moment when it is recorded publicly that he was


elected and is now president. It is not known and it is not really


matter. What is certainly knowing that when he emerges, I think out of


the back door, add to the garden of the Elysee onto the Champs-Elysee,


he is the president and the country looks and realises that there is a


new leader. A bit like in Britain, in the French way, there is a


mystery surrounding all of theirs which is part of the sacramental is


of high office in France. No one can put their finger on it. It is just


what happens. But as we speak, he is becoming president. He will make


that speech in a second and then he will be anointed and inducted, shall


we say, as Grand Master of the Legion of honour and that is a


symbolic moment as well, going back to Napoleon because the Grand Master


of the Legion of honour is the president. He will make the speech,


go up the Champs-Elysee and then it will be to business. The ceremony


will be forgotten. There is another moment this afternoon where he goes


to meet the Mayor of Paris. But as part of tradition. It will be very


quickly down to business for Emmanuel Macron because there is an


awful lot to do. And he was to be seen as someone who gets down to


business very quickly. I'm good to be very interested to see whether he


is one of those presidents who acts in the first few months knowing that


will make him an unpopular but to get the unpopularity over with first


or whether he is someone, a bit like Hollande, who dithers and nothing


gets done much. I think he's going to be more like someone who decides


to take the heat early on with some fairly dramatic early decision. And


you talk about his energy. When we saw him running up the stairs there,


he seemed to be wanting to show that he is a very young and vigorous


president. And different in a way to predecessors and from Hollande.


Completely. He knows he represents this generational change. He knows


that for many young people, particularly of the kind of aspiring


middle classes, people who do not want to give up on optimism, people


you want to feel that France has got a place in the New World, he


represents them, they are a generation who feel they have been


badly done by by the failure of France to reform. They are people


that feel like the older generation of people, the people who emerge


from the 1968 May cultural revolution that followed that, they


have been done out of their birthright, that the people in the


old generation have held onto their jobs, they have got the good


positions and the Scot on them and they have said, if you want to come


get jobs, you have your own rebellion. There is this resentment,


I think among middle-class and younger people who still the place


should be shaken up so that their chance in the sun should come. He


represents them and was too generally open up the French


economy, along liberal lines so that is more easy the younger people to


get access to jobs and that the youthful energy, as he jumped up


those stairs, is a signal that he was to give up to this country. We


are seeing Brigitte, his wife, 64 years old, many people have talked a


lot and been rather fascinated by this relationship, this great story,


the romance of the schoolboy meeting his drama teacher and then marrying


her. How important? She's going to be a very different first lady in


the Elysee. She may well get a proper status. One of Emmanuel


Macron's plans is devoted to the rule book, whatever that is, whether


it is a law or decree, something that says that France can have a


first Lady. There is nothing in the rule book, the Constitution about


their wife or spouse, partner of the president. I think he wants to


officially start which is not uncontroversial because many people


in France will say that is not part of our republican traditions, family


members have no role in the running of our state, of our country, his


view would be, well, we have lived in a very hypocritical situation


where it has always been women, the women have had different kind of


roles and it has caused embarrassment and it has cause


awkwardness, let's just have something proper. I think it is also


find sign of his devotion to the woman. They are very, very close. He


depends on her emotionally, we saw in documentaries that brokers are


the one last Sunday how she played a crucial role in the campaign, who


was often there in the sidelines, chastising him, do not eat


chocolate, that sort of way. They are very close. She has an input,


she is critical of him, she minds him, she has ideas. He regards as


someone very, very important in his life and she is not ashamed to make


that public. He is not ashamed to make public. He would rather make it


public. She will have a very prominent part to play. We are just


waiting there in the ballroom of the Elysee for the reading out of the


election results. As you were saying, that is an important part of


the ceremony, isn't it? The reading out of the official declaration of


the election results. Odyssey we all know them and we have known for


quite a long time. I hope and I seem to remember that he only reads out


round to results otherwise it would take a rather long time. He was the


former Socialist Prime Minister, the one who drew up the European


constitution which came to grief and has now been elevated in his elder


years to president of the Constitutional Council which is


extremely important body in France, in mind the constitution, it


oversees the questions of whether laws are in conformity with the


constitution. But also provides over at occasions like this, in a sense


that he is the voice of the constitution. I hear music. Yes,


here is the new president of France, Emmanuel Macron.


The president of the Republic, last Sunday, the 7th of May, 2017,


following an unusual electric campaign in many ways, you receive


20,000,740 3000, 128 votes in the second round of the presidential


election. An absolute majority of votes. Implementing articles six and


seven of our Constitution, the cost issue -- Constitutional Council or


the Kurds you elected president of the republic. The AIDS president


elected with universal suffrage of the Republic. This Sunday 14th of


May in the specific moment you are entering your mandate. We will give


you your mess and so congratulations, Mr President of the


Republic. In a phrase that takes full meaning, in order to be the man


of 1's country, you have to be the man of your time. Man of our time


and out of the U R. By your choice, your training, your pass and even


your society position and by sovereign choice of the people, you


are the man of our country. Responsible for representing it


everywhere in the metropolis and overseas, in Europe and in the


world. The president of the French republic, head of State, head of the


Army 's, Armed Forces, president of our republic which is indivisible,


secular, democratic and social, responsible for representing it and


making it progress. In body and the values and the language and putting


it together. And that is to say in this time, in this world, this new


World where there great perspectives coming up against major risks for


planet, the main importance than the difficulty of your mission leads the


government which is self controlled by Parliament, in order to appease


anger, you you repair injury, to eliminate doubt, to show the path


and to embody hope. That is why, Mr President, your success will be the


success of France and that is why we offer you for your mandate to keep


the people close to you and yourself, are very warm wishes of


success. TRANSLATION: Mr President of the


Republic, we recognise you as being a great master of the National order


of the Legion of honour. So your manual Macron verb being


presented with the grand Cross of the Legion of honour which all


presidents are given. -- Emmanuel Macron. He will not wear it, he is


presented with it as the new president. And there, just signing


the order of the Legion of honour. And you heard the saying to him to


be the man of our country, you has to be the man of our times. And that


is what he said, Emmanuel Macron is. TRANSLATION: Presidential as the


cost issue Council, ladies and gentlemen, chairs, ladies and


gentlemen, the French have chosen, as you reminded us, in the spirit of


Congress and the whole world has looked at our presidential election,


everywhere people were wondering whether the French would decide in


turn to go back to the past, it solutions, whether they would break


with the way the world is going, yield to democratic defiance. The


feeling of division turning the buck to the lights. Or, on the other


hand, with the embrace the future, give themselves collectively new


momentum, reaffirming the values that have made of it are great


people? On the 7th of May, the French chose and let us thank them


here. The responsibility that they gave me is an honour and I measured


its seriousness the world and Europe, more than ever, need France.


They need a strong France, sure of its own destiny. They need a France


which raises hide the voice of liberty and solidarity, they need a


France which knows how to invade the future. The world needs what the


French people, men and women, have always taught it, the daring of


freedom, the requirements of the quality and a will for Fred Fred --


fraternity. Frantz has belted itself and its culture, its social model,


it has doubts in what it has made. -- France has belted itself. There


will be to demand in my mandate. The first will be to give to be French


people is confident of itself which, for too long, has been weakened. And


I can reassure you, I have not for a moment thought things would stay as


they worked in the 7th of May in the evening, it would be slow work and


demanding but indispensable. It will be my role to convince the French


people that our country wishing to be in difficulty with the sometimes


contrary currents of the world, that they will use all its resources to


be among the first of nations. I will convince our citizens that the


power of France is not declining, that we are on the edge of the great


Renaissance because in our hands we have all the assets which make and


will make the great powers of the 21st century. To do that, I will


yield in nothing on the commitments made with respect to the French


people. Everything which gives vigour to the France and prosperity


will be implemented, work will be made free, companies will be


supported, initiatives will be encouraged, culture and education,


which gives rise to emancipation, creation, innovation, these will be


at the heart of my actions. The French people, men and women who


feel forgotten by this great movement in the world, they will


have to see themselves better protected. Everything which forges


our national solidarity will be reformulated, reinvented and


equality are respectively incidence of life will be strengthened.


Everything which makes France a country sure where it is possible to


live without fear will be amplified, secularism, Republican centralism


will be defended. The forces of law and order, our armies strengthened.


The Europe that we need will be remoulded, relaunch because it


protects us in the world to create something new is, our institutions,


criticised by some, have two, in the eyes of the French people, get back


the effectiveness which gives their longevity. I will do everything in


my power for it to operate according to the spread of which it was


created. And so that, I will ensure that our country has new democratic


vitality and citizens will be listened to. They will see in that


challenge, I will need all of you, there is policy of all the elites,


political, economic, social, religious, all the bodies of the


French nation, they will be called upon. We can no longer take refuge


behind usages or habits which are sometimes pass their time. We have


to get back to the deep meeting, the dignity of what today brings us


together. To act in a just way, in an effective way for people. France


is only strong if it prospers, France is only a model for the world


if it is an example. Exemplary and that is my second requirement


because we will have given back to the French for the future and ready


to what they are, the world will pay attention to what transfers because


we will be unable to, together, go beyond our fears and anxieties, we


will, together, give the example of the people which knows how to affirm


its values, its principles, which are those of democracy and the


Republic. The efforts of my predecessors have


been remarkable, on those lines, I am thinking of Charles de Gaulle,


who worked to put France back in its position among the nations of the


world. And thinking of Pompidou who made our country and industrial


power, allowing the country to modernise, Jacques Chirac, who gave


us the position of a nation which can say, now, to the pretensions and


claims of those who want more. And Nicolas Sarkozy, who could deal with


the financial crisis that struck the world so harshly. And Francois


Hollande, a precursor, with the agreement in Paris on climate, and


dealing with a world hit in Paris by terrorism. And the mistake in these


last decades Boston has seen a deleterious -- often has seen a


deleterious. Internal climate which has seen France not in favour,


sometimes weakened by a national situation full of uncertainty, and


sometimes worry. Ladies and gentleman, now, France has to do now


rise to the moment. The divisions in our society have to be overcome.


Whether economic, social, political maul. -- political or moral law.


Because the world expects us to be strong and clairvoyant. We will


assume all our responsibilities it's time it is necessary to answer the


great crises of the time. Whether the migration crisis or the climate


challenge, or is slippage to authoritarianism or the excesses of


world capitalism, or of course terrorism. Nothing, now, can affect


some people leaving the others unhurt. We all neighbours. France


will always seek to be on the side of liberty, human rights, but always


in order to build peace in time, over time. We have a major role to


correct the excesses of the way the world is going and seek to defend


freedom. That is our vocation. To do that, we need a more effective,


Democratic Europe, more political, because as is the instrument of our


power and sovereignty. I will work along those lines. Geography has


significantly become smaller overtime has accelerated. We are


going through a period of France the coming decades. We will not fight


only for this generation but the future generations. It is up to us,


all of us, that here and now, we have to decide on the world in which


future generations will live. That, maybe, is our greatest before


usability. We have to build the world -- our greatest


responsibility. We have to build the world are young people deserve. By


now the French people at this time are expecting a lot of me and they


are right. The mandate that they have given me gives me to deal with


absolute requirements and I am fully aware of that. Nothing will be


yielded for facility or compromise. Nothing will weaken my


determination. Nothing will make me renounce, give up defending at any


time or anywhere, the higher interests of France. I will at the


same time, seek constantly to reconcile and to bring together all


French people. The trust that the French people have given me fills me


with great energy. An intimate certainty, that together, we can


write one of the most beautiful pages of our history in my actions.


In those moments where everything can go awry, the French people have


always delivered for the energy and discernment, the spirit of Concord,


to deal with deep change. And that is a situation now. That is for this


mission that, humbly, I will serve our people. I know that I can count


on all our citizens to carry out the considerable and exhausting task


which is ahead of us. And as far as I'm concerned, as of the seedling, I


will start work. Long live the Republic, long live France. STUDIO:


Emmanuel Macron, the new president of France applauded for that speak


for -- speech. His wife is there. A remarkable speech saying France has


doubted itself for decades, and he says his mission mission is to give


them to people confidence in themselves. He said the power of


France is not declining, we are on the edge of a great Renaissance. He


was saying in this election, everyone had been wondering if


France would go back to the past, all up to the future. He said France


had chosen the future. He said the world and Europe now, more than


ever, needs strong France, short of its own destiny, a France that knows


how to invent the future, he said. Sterling words, then, from the new


president of the fifth Republic. -- sterling words. Just 39 years old.


Greeted their by politicians and officials as the new president of


France. Our Paris correspondent was listening to that. Some striking


words there from the new president? I was struck by the predominance of


the prefix 're'. Relaunch, rejuvenated. He was going to take on


the old and make it new. That is the only have ambition. It represents


use, wrap Champs-Elysees energy, bigger Dick Tuimavave use, energy,


He has a set of policies and systems which are good but need to be about


and given the energy and purpose. That is the purpose he intends to


give it. It was a powerful speech, as you are saying, looking forward


and giving back. He felt confident that this is the word you picked up


and I did too, a relevant answer France is around the corner. If only


he and the country can find the energy and let go on to the economy


and society, and culture, he talked about the need to open up Labour and


other companies. And culture, innovation, are part of his idea. It


is a hopeful message and comparisons are made to Barack Obama when he


came to power eight years ago or so. Some ideas that hope is there and he


represented. And we will have to see. He looks the part the part.


Will he actually be able to harness this latent force in the country


which he says is always there? We have to see. He remarked at the end


there that France always, when it comes to change, he has found that


determination and Concord. That is one interpretation, another is that


France has been unable to cope with change. It hasn't learned to adapt


and wait till the crisis arrives and then has a momentous and often


violent change. That is what people fear could still be to come if he


doesn't, at this crucial juncture, harness the benevolent forces of


positive change which he claims he can see and knows how to put to


work. He should prefer not just his predecessor Francois Hollande but


previous presidents, talking about their achievements as leaders.


Putting himself as leader in brackets, saying I am the new leader


and will achieve this. There are people that want to be people of the


fifth Republic and I attached to that institution. And he is two, he


is not someone that wants to tear it down or turn it into a much more


parliamentary democracy. He wants the president to be presidential,


and as he said, in counterpoint to Francois Hollande, he does not want


to be a normal president, rowers boxer-macro said he wants to be


normal. He wants the president to have wrote this about him. He will


not be giving regular interviews and will surround himself with a certain


mystique of power. He thinks that is more effective. He'll make decisions


that are his. This is something to watch ahead in the months ahead. It


is such a personal mission that he has got going. And he is a man of


such personal talent and brilliance, if you like, but there have been


questions about whether he may risk being detached in his ivory tower


surrounded by advisers giving orders because he has such self-confidence.


And maybe he takes too much on himself and becomes a bit too


detached. That is something to watch out for. But his recital was an


attempt to put himself in that tradition and, to his predecessors,


some of whom are people who was opposed to politically like Jacques


Chirac, he was gracious, Chirac for Iraq, Sarkozy for tackling the


banking crisis of 2008 and 2009 and foxtrot macro, even though he has


differences on economic policy, he said his actions on terrorism and


climate change were crucial. Thank you. I think that might have been Mr


Macron on the phone saying he won't be in an ivory tower for the next


few years. I'm sure you will chart his presidency with your usual


style. Let's go to a friend journalist with and talking to


throughout the morning. Marie, in a way, that speech was a


-- in a way that was saying French people should have confidence in


that self -- in themselves. How important was that? It's important


to him to show he understands what the French were feeling and


thinking. In this election and beyond that. He says, I know what


you feel and what you think is important. Because as he is not a


politician, he has an edge that all of the other candidates did not


have. Because he has been into the civil society although he was a


banker and quite wealthy. He talks to the French people on the


standpoint that is very different from all the other presidents. What


French people await from him is a new era, basically. The way he


spoke, he said two things. One was I understand what you feel and think.


I understand that you are pessimistic and I know that


criticism is not what France is all about. So I will try to use all the


strength that we having fun society to talk about the religious


identity, a secular identity. I will try and convey all the forces of


France at the moment and show you that France can be a bit more than


what you think it is. He says, we are on the edge of a great


runners-up. The power font is not -- other great runners-up. The power of


France is not declining, it is boosting the French people. That is


exactly what the French people want from him. A new man with new ideas,


who feels that he has the energy, he is young, he has the energy of


taking France out of its slumber, in a way. Obviously he did very well in


the election, 65%, 20 million votes as we heard, read out there. To what


extent, the people who didn't vote for him, is he regarded with


cynicism and scepticism and disliked by those who didn't vote for him and


voted for someone like Marine Le Pen? It's a mix of cynicism and


disliked. He's seen the Front National and the far left party,


describing him as two things. One, as a banker and as in the UK,


bankers don't have good French press. It's a bit and relevant --


irrelevant but it's sticking to him. And the other is baby Francois


Hollande, the sun of boxer-macro who was leaving.


He is seen as not new and if he is newcomer he is a banker and that is


not good. So he is not being welcomed by everyone. The fact that


he wants to change labour laws, and we know that French people are very


attached to their social protection, very strong social protection. The


fact that he wants to change it in order to make France more open to


the world and over the companies who would like to settle in France, and


all because it is so, take -- complicated to fire someone. He


wants to change that. Although some people might see the positive angle,


the difficulty they have to go through doesn't seem worth it.


Because there is a prominent anti-globalisation movement during


this election. The far right and the far left were basically talking --


treading the same path in terms of anti-globalisation. Macron wants to


open France to the world, have many companies leaving London because of


Brexit, moving to Paris instead. He wants to attract people from London


to Paris. That is maybe not well liked in France, big companies


aren't well liked by many people. When Francois Hollande arrives, he


said my enemy is financed, I don't like wealthy people. Macron is the


contrary. He said not to be ashamed of working and making money, that is


something that is normal, why shouldn't we aspire to better


ourselves? And bettering ourselves means having good salaries. Why is


it a problem in France to feel that you can achieve something and have a


reward for that? So it is interesting to see how we had, for


the last five years, a president who is very much from the socialist and


one who was cold a baby Francois Hollande, who is much more in the


centre, perhaps on the right-hand side of the political spectrum. It's


fascinating watching him now, gladhanding, shaking hands with


these politicians and well-wishers, almost all of them older than him.


He is maybe not baby Francois Hollande but 39 years of age, he is


strikingly young to be a president? I suppose before might make


comparisons with JFK or Obama, the use coming into presidency. What is


that like for France's image around the world? It is significant. 39,


not even 40. That would at least have been some symbolic threshold.


You will be 40 in the summer. That is important I think. One Tour de


France people, they said we have a young president Ahmad is important.


-- when I talked to French people. The people that tried to make a


living in France are constructing and building. That is important, he


is young, he has the demeanour of someone who is 39. That is important


money have 60 or 70 and have demeanour. -- imported when you are


60 or 70. He is from the generation that is open to the world. He is


European, open-minded, as a 39-year-old can be. That is quite


important. As you say, you can see him shaking hands and you can also


see a few people with their mobile phones taking pictures. I haven't


seen anyone try to take herself yet. -- try to take a selfie yet. I don't


think that happened with Francois Hollande. But the complexion of this


energy, with all the politicians, many decided not to stand for real


action for this legislative election. They said they want to


leave a place for the new generation. Is it a way to go down


with style, thinking I won't be elected so I might as well give up


and say it's for the good of the new generation? Maybe. But that some


feel wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Emmanuel Macron. If it


wasn't the old elephants, old dogs, saying I won't stand for election


because I think that there is a new blood needed in France. It's not


just the president to his young, and who started a movement towards the


youngification, I'm not sure if that is an English word. He has chosen


younger candidates, that is quite normal. He has forced the other


parties to do exactly the same. There is already a few lines moving


in the French republic. We can see his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, who is


the subject of fascination because she is older than him, his drama


teacher at school which is where he met her. She is wearing a blue


designer suit. How important is she to him as he starts off as? He is


attached to his wife, he wanted to show that and that he valued her


input, and her reflection. That is completely new. Think about the


wives of the former president such as Bernadette Chirac, Jacques Chirac


cold her mummy. That doesn't sound like a very healthy relationship,


and away. And she was by his side, but you understood that she was the


man who wanted them enter the Elysee Palace. She wanted to be a


politician herself but because of her man, she couldn't go too far


after he left office in the started again to build a local career. But


she was presented to do anything because of the man who she was with.


There is a difference between Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte


Trogneux. He is the young one, she already had a career in the


Professor -- as -- a career as a professor. She has


the edge on him, many people thinks she was the one that pushed him that


-- to be a candidate. He said -- she said, think about how religion five


years she is older, -- how we look in five years' time, she is older,


now is the time for Emmanuel Macron to win because in five years' time I


will be too old for that. That is one way to look at it. The other is


that she has people saying she has created him.


That as a way of seeing things critically. I'm not sure if that is


a reality. I was an interesting documentary broadcast on Monday,


when one of the -- you can see bits and pieces of their relationship, at


the end of the debate against Marine Le Pen, he came out of the cooling


debate asking people around him, could you please find me some


chocolate? -- gruelling debate. She said no, don't eat junk food. And he


said, I have water them. She is grounding him, and that is the ways


he wants her to be perceived. Thank you so much Marie, a French


journalist who has been watching this inauguration and the new


president of France there, Emmanuel Macron, with invited guests there in


the Elysee Palace, and politicians kissing, shaking hands, gladhanding


and in his speech he said France is doubted himself and wants to give


the French people confidence in themselves and his is the power of


France is not declining. We are on the edge of a great Renaissance. So


France has a new president. He is 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron. You are


watching BBC News. So, big smiles as the pressing of the flesh and the


kissing of the cheeks continues there in the Elysee and there seem


to be hundreds of people there who wants just a couple of seconds with


the new president of the fifth Republic. Our correspondent has been


following it for us. She is close to the Elysee Palace. We are just


outside because we are among the motorcades that are waiting to take


the politicians and senior figures in French society away once this


meeting with Emmanuel Macron is over, he will go into a lunch with


family and, interestingly, it is very... It stand out how there is


Emmanuel Macron shaking the hands of many figures prominent in French


politics, senior inexperience to him but he at 39 years old is the man


charged in a system that is not used about. It is used to having battle


scars, the experience behind you to get into this position, you would


hear the same coming up time and time again. And then suddenly, out


of the blue, Emmanuel Macron is appointed economy minister under


Francois Hollande, and on May 14, 2017, he is president of France.


Still with me as the crowds are getting bigger outside the Elysee,


is a French commentator. One particular figure that boxer-macro


encounter delay, the president of the Constitutional Council, a very


senior politician. You were struck by what he said to him?


Traditionally, the president of the council is supposed to read out the


official without of the presidential election. And pop following that,


the presidency of the President-elect, officially begins.


But he did far more than matter. He went on an elaborate and


sophisticated speech praising Emmanuel Macron as a man of his


time. He is a young politician with the energy and your vitality perform


-- to reform France, he said. It has to be highlighted that he was the


youngest Prime Minister ever at age 37 in the 1980s. Say he is familiar.


He knows what it's like to be one of the juniors imposition of...


Absolutely. With one junior being in charge of the country. How


unexpected visit to see such familiar and experience bases in


French politics, being positive in their approach to Macron, rather


than being cynical about his lack of years and experience. That was


initially in the incumbent presidents, Emmanuel Macron is the


only one who hasn't served as an MP and that also stands out. It was


also held against them when he started campaigning, somebody could


never put himself up to any kind of election, not even a counsellor or a


Meier -- mayor. That was not an advantage to start with. But


gradually, he managed to turn this into an asset. As somebody who is


not an ideologue and doesn't want any political party, even he served


in Francois Larne's government, he was not a member of the Socialist


party. He turned this advantage into a formidable assets to challenge the


traditional left and right wing at the Terry system systems that have


dominated French politics of decades.


Thank you very much. Now, we believe that Emmanuel Macron I am being


told, is about to exit the Elysee Palace, as he walks with his wife,


Brigitte. So many greetings and messages of congratulations,


Francois Hollande, the outgoing president, apparently said, by way


of a good buy "bon Courage!" As he left the lazy palace for the last as


president. -- as he left the Ely is a palace. -- Elysee Palace.


After the inauguration, Emmanuel Macron briefly kissed her hand.


After that inauguration we have a 21 gun salute ringing out from the


military hospital on the other side of the River Seine. Then the new


president will be driven to the Arc de Triomphe where he will lay a


wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Emmanuel Macron, in his


speech, at the inauguration said that everyone was wondering whether


France would look back in this presidential election, all look to


the future. He said that France had chosen the future and not the past.


And that the world, and Europe, now more than ever needs a strong France


that is sure of its own destiny. And if France but he said no -- knows


how to invent the future. He spoke of the achievements of the previous


presidents of the fifth Republic. Charles de Gaulle, Francois


Hollande... He knows the challenges that he now faces because he wants


to modernise France, as he said, for decades now, France has doubted


itself. He said his job was to give the French people confidence in


themselves. He said the power of France is not declining. We are on


the edge of a great Renaissance, he said. A lot of fine words, of


course. As you tend to get at inauguration speeches but there is a


lot of hard work to do and he knows starting off with the National


Assembly parliamentary elections, he needs to get a majority there. To


help him effectively rule France. A tall order with his new movement, En


Marche, he only created a year or so ago, scrambling to get candidates


for the National Assembly elections. That is one of his jobs, he needs to


form a government. We are hearing that he will appoint a Prime


Minister probably tomorrow, and a new government on Tuesday. He is off


to see Chancellor tee of Germany shortly as well, because he is, as


we have been hearing, a very committed pro-European, who not only


wants to make France stronger, but very much wants to make Europe


stronger as well. There is huge security, as you would expect,


surrounding this event. Some 1500 police officers, we are hearing,


have been deployed around the Elysee Palace. Let's go back over to our


French journalist who has been analysing what all of this means...


A wonderful spectacle here at the Elysee Palace, will the new


president be comfortable in his surroundings? He said that he wants


to live in the Elysee Palace. That is quite unusual. Historically, the


president of the Republic and before, they haven't really been at


ease in this old palace. I think it was first used by Napoleon III and


then the president of the Republic, many of them did not like them, at


the start of the 19th century there was not a kitchen for the president,


they had to take a meal from outside. The president of the fifth


Republic, most of them kept their private apartment in Paris, and


tried to basically make the Elysee Palace their offices, it's not easy


most of the time. They had to live with it at the Elysee Palace most of


the time. Francois Hollande, you will remember, said "I will be a


normal president, normal people do not live in a palace". That is quite


true, but when he basically separated from his partner, she kept


the apartment so he had to live in the palace. Now, Emmanuel Macron has


already said that he intends to live in the Elysee Palace. Although he's


got an apartment in Paris, he also has a nice fellow elsewhere. We will


see if he goes there at the weekend or not. -- a nice villa. Emmanuel


Macron will have to do some restorations and restoring of the


palace, redecoration is, there are a lot of rooms and corridors, it is


not very practical or up-to-date. Although it is very grandiose and


beautiful, and it is a palace, for a president, it is a bit of a paradox.


It isn't very cosy, not as cosy as it looks. We will see how Brigitte


Macron settles, the wife of the president is important as to how


they live in the palace. Jacques Chirac's wife loved the Elysee


Palace. It was not a popular opinion but she loved it. The couple are


seen as the ones who were most at ease at living at the Elysee Palace.


If Brigitte Macron makes the Elysee Palace her home, that is where


Emmanuel Macron is going to be! We know that she is very influential on


him. If she decides that is her home, that is where they will be. It


is funny, we saw Francois Hollande give a talk to people of the Elysee


Palace. There were some pictures, and there was a little salon. When a


president of another Republic in 1985 came forward, he was apparently


having a dalliance with his mistress. He died half naked in the


Elysee Palace. It is a palace for the history and stories. -- full of


history and stories. The president is keen on French history and he may


find something a bit of interest in this historically charged palace.


Not a bad place to live! Not at all! I think we are going to hear the


band strike up. Peter full scenes inside of the Elysee Palace there.


-- beautiful scenes. Wonderful splendour, and a great deal of pomp


and ceremony for this inauguration which is nearly complete. The


election results were read out a few minutes ago by Laurent Fabius, that


was the moment, as he is chairman of the Constitutional Council, and a


former Prime Minister. When he read out the results of the election


where Emmanuel Macron beat the far right leader Marine Le Pen, that was


the moment Emmanuel Macron assumed presidency at the age of 39. A few


minutes earlier he had a meeting with the outgoing president Francois


Hollande, and there he is. The new French president. He has been given


the nuclear codes, we are told. He is now the French president, walking


out of the Elysee Palace, taking salutes and walking along the red


carpet. BAND PLAYS STUDIO: So, the new President of


France... Reviewing the troops outside of the Elysee Palace in the


sunshine now. Earlier it was raining. It was a rather miserable


day. While that inauguration ceremony has been taking place


inside of the Elysee, the sun is out and the sky is blue. Perhaps


symbolic of the new presidency, who knows? The guns have now been fired


outside with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Really, it is an


extraordinary political story, the former investment banker and a


former minister in Francois Hollande's government who some say


is a protege of Francois Hollande, has really had a remarkable rise to


power. Defeating Marine Le Pen in the election, 65% and 20 million


votes. A decisive and overwhelming victory which, he said, was France


looking to the future and not the past. No doubt that there are huge


challenges that he now faces. SPEAKS FRENCH.


So, in the background you can hear guns being fired, a 21 gun salute


ringing out. And then after this, the new president will be driven to


the Arc de Triomphe, where he will lay a wreath at the tomb of the


unknown soldier. A lot of challenges, as I was saying, some


daunting. High unemployment. Terrorism, of course, which has


scarred France over the last couple of years. And caused such a loss of


life. And, not least, trying to unite a country that the election


showed is deeply divided. And trying to win over, I suppose, all of those


who did not vote for him, who voted for Marine Le Pen or abstained,


trying to get them behind him as part of his drive, what he called


the renaissance of France. That is what he wants to do, to modernise


France. To give it back confidence, he said. But he has stepped back


into the Elysee Palace now. With his wife, Brigitte. It is a momentous


day for France. A day of huge symbolism. The kind of ceremony that


they love in France, as much as we do here in Britain. Because of


course he is head of state of the fifth Republic. As well as the


nation's political leader. Emmanuel Macron becomes France's


youngest post-war leader, and the first to be born after 1958, when


President Charles de Gaulle put in place the fifth Republic.


Our correspondent Karin Giannone is in Paris...


Not far from the leaves a palace, where this spectacle is unfolding?


-- Elysee Palace. We can hear a 21 gun salute rumbling, shaking the


buildings here by the Elysee Palace. I am pleased to say that we are


joined by the Telegraph economist and Elizabeth Muto, you were here as


a junior reporter covering the inauguration in 1981? Yes, I


followed that campaign, almost my first job. An extraordinary scene as


he brought in historic figures, the photographer who took the pictures,


and all sorts of people who had never seen a left-wing government


for 23 years. It was impressive and very moving. He took it in his


stride. Looking at the pictures, does anything change about the


ceremony itself? The route to this presidency has been so


unconventional and yet we have the full patriotically but of France


right there? First of all, it doesn't change. The media invite


more people at the inauguration for the Elysee Palace there run does now


he has 400 people, that is very few. But apart from that, because he is


young, he is conscious of the fact he has this celebrity. At the


Louvre, he crossed on the night of his victory, all alone wearing an


old-fashioned three quarters coat. He was copying the very staged way


of the inauguration of the previous president. I am very young but I can


do this. I understand how solemn the occasion is, and it was a rebuke to


Francois Hollande, who never felt that there was a need for pomp and


anything like it. He's the first president to be born since the


beginning of the fifth Republic? Yes, I am counting back, he was a


young president, born much earlier. He has never known anything else. If


you go through the French press, all of this celebration and solemnity of


the moment, the power of the presidency and thoughts have


returned immediately. There hasn't been a breath before they are


turning to his challenges. No pause on reflection or celebration


personally. It is straight into worrying about legislative elections


on June the 11th? It is key, can he govern or does he need straight off


the bat? We have a Prime Minister with a political opponent, which


would hamstring him every minute. Right now, he is... Last week,


actually, he has been arguing and negotiating with various parties to


bring over from the right and the left more moderates of each party.


He has been demanding of them that they should leave the party


partisanship, and give back their party cards and become members of


one Marsh, -- En Marche. He has 229 MPs,


the largest group but not the majority. Now, the right can change


in the next five weeks, that is counted at 160. We are talking about


the Republicans. They could have anywhere between 20 and 40. The left


would be shattered, because many socialists are within En Marche and


the Socialist party machine, and if he does not control what is going on


with the elections, he cannot rule. And briefly, there is a big military


component to this event. It reminds us that the president is in charge


of the army and Armed Forces. He does not have to bring questions to


Parliament or Congress away the American president does. The French


like it that way. The French are aware that you need decisive no and


it is a country that is perfectly accepted by the left and right. And


Elizabeth, thank you. Emmanuel Macron after the inspection of the


guard, he is going to go through the gardens of the Elysee Palace and


then onto the Champs-Elysees where he will then go to the Arc de


Triomphe. Thank you. The ceremonials there at the Elysee Palace. Drawing


to a close. France has a new president, Emmanuelle Macron


inaugurated as the new president of France at the age of 39 -- Emmanuel


Macron. Time now for a look at some of the


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