Macron: France chose hope
PARIS: Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as France’s youngest ever president yesterday, saying the country had chosen “hope” and promising to relaunch the flagging European Union.
Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, took the reins of power from Francois Hollande a week after he won a resounding victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a tumultuous election.
After a warm welcome from Hollande at the Elysee Palace, the two men held a closed-doors meeting during which Macron was handed the codes to launch France’s nuclear arsenal.
In a moment heavy with symbolism, 62-year-old Hollande — who launched Macron’s political career by appointing him first as