PARIS, France It’s inauguration day as the youngest President since Napolean Bonaparte and Europes’ answer to preventing meltdown after #Brexit Macron Says France is on Brink of ‘A Great Renaissance’ as he is sworn into office today but maybe it should be ‘ Great Resistance’ #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – May.14: They call him the ‘ Saviour of France ‘ but will France’s youngest head of state since Napoleon Bonaparte presented himself as president of all the French as Sunday he was sworn into office in Paris, following in the Fifth Republic footsteps of political giants Gen. Charles De Gaulle and Jacques Chirac or will he end his days in the ‘ Bastille of Europes’ ignominy #AceNewsDesk

France’s Macron arrives at presidential inauguration ceremony // The Express Tribune reported that French president-elect Emmanuel Macron arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday to be inaugurated as the country’s youngest ever president.

Macron, 39, will take over from outgoing Socialist Francois Hollande and will face a series of daunting challenges including tackling high unemployment, fighting religion-inspired violence and uniting a deeply divided country.

Under light rain, he was driven through the streets of Paris to the 18th-century palace that will become his home as the eighth president under France’s current republic, which was founded in 1958.

Macron’s wife, his 64-year-old former school teacher Brigitte, arrived separately and walked up the red carpet into the Elysee wearing a pale blue outfit.

Macron and Hollande will have a private meeting in the president’s office where Macron will be given the codes to launch France’s nuclear weapons.

After a formal lunch, Macron will visit the Arc de Triomphe, a war memorial at the top of the Champs Elysees avenue, and will later make a stop at the Paris town hall.

Macron Says France on Brink of ‘A Great Renaissance’ // Voice of America reported that much is riding on the 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, who two years ago set out on what many dismissed as a Quixotic quest — to get himself elected to the French presidency as a centrist, pro-European Union candidate on his first ever political campaign and without the support of the country’s established parties.

Macron was greeted midmorning at the Élysée Palace by outgoing President Francois Hollande, who for many of the French exemplifies more than most of his predecessors the old saying that all political careers end in failure. Macron has the reputation, reinforced by his election, as a man who always succeeds. Now he has the greatest of all challenges — to fulfill objectives even grander than those outlined by Hollande at his inauguration five years ago.

Just before Macron’s arrival, Hollande stood on his office balcony taking one last sweeping glance from it of the palace grounds. Amid the pomp and circumstance Sunday, future challenges were half-forgotten by the crowds lining the Champs-Élysées, where at the Arc de Triomph, Macron lay flowers at the memorial to the unknown solider. Inside the Élysée’s ballroom earlier, Macron was presented with the grand collier de la Légion d’honneur once owned by Napoleon I. One of his supporters, Axelle Tessandier, a marketing consultant, tweeted “Émotion immense.” But the task ahead wasn’t forgotten long. At his swearing-in ceremony, Macron, a former investment banker who served a mere two years as an appointed minister in Hollande’s government, told France his goal is to renew the Fifth Republic and to unify the French. “The world needs what the French have always taught. For decades France has doubted herself,” he said. The world, and Europe, need France more than ever, he added. “My mandate will give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves.” He said he would convince the people that “the power of France is not declining – that we are on the brink of a great renaissance.” Unifying France will be a tall order. Twenty-one million people voted for Macron in the second round of the elections, but 12 million backed far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, despite her lackluster campaign. Millions more didn’t turn up at the polling stations. And four million destroyed their ballot papers as a sign of disapproval of both candidates, the largest number ever to do so in a French election. Having set himself the monumental tasks of trying to expand the center, and of convincing half the country which disapproves of EU membership that the European bloc is something to be valued, Macron has the immediate challenge of securing a parliamentary majority to back him.

He can do that either by leading his one-year-old En Marche! Movement — renamed last week République en marche — to victory in parliamentary elections next month, or by cobbling together a center coalition. Polls suggest he might be able to pull off a parliamentary victory, one as unthinkable as his presidential win, and secure, a majority in the 577-seat lower house. Much will depend on who he names Monday as his initial prime minister. If his party fails to win the majority of seats, the alternative would be La Cohabitation with a prime minister from an opposing political party, something the Fifth Republic has seen three times since 1958. La Cohabitation, analysts agree, would likely spell major trouble for Macron’s highly ambitious policy program. Macron wants to cut public spending and reorder a rigid labor market to allow businesses to hire and fire more easily, all in a bid to revive a stagnant economy. At the same he says he wants to ameliorate the downsides of globalization for those left behind.

One of Macron’s rivals for the presidency, the conservative Republican Francois Fillon warned during the first round of presidential voting that Macron in office would be forced to “cook up parliamentary dishes of impotence and compromises.” Grubby legislative deal-making risks fueling public disillusionment with government — paving the way, some fear, for a Le Pen victory in five years time and a defeat of Macron’s aim to turn the French away from the extremes of left or right.

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