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Francois Hollande sworn in as French president

Francois Hollande has been sworn in as president of France, becoming the first Socialist leader in 17 years to occupy the Elysee Palace.

Mr Hollande said he was fully aware of the challenges facing France, including the debt crisis and weak growth.

Later Mr Hollande laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - a tradition for all new presidents.

He also stopped off at City Hall - L'Hotel de Ville - where he made another speech.

  • 15 May 2012
  • From the section Europe
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