PARIS: The newly-elected youngest centrist leader Emmanuel Macron on Sunday arrived at the Elysee Palace in central Paris in a motorcade and walked down the red carpet under the light rain to be greeted by Hollande for his inauguration.
Macron, who marked his victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a tumultuous election, will have a private meeting with his predecessor, Francois Hollande at which he will be given the codes to launch France’s nuclear weapons.
He will then attend a ceremony in front of hundreds of politicians and invited guests at which the official election results will be read out.
At the end of the formalities, a 21-gun salute is to ring out from the Invalides military hospital on the other side of the River Seine.
The 39-year-old will then be driven to the Arc de Triomphe to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
After a formal lunch, Macron will visit Paris’s town hall, a traditional stop for any new French president in his “host” city.