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Summary

  1. At 39, Emmanuel Macron becomes France's youngest leader since Napoleon
  2. He beat National Front's Marine Le Pen with 66% of the vote
  3. He is expected to name a PM on Monday
  4. His La République En Marche movement was formed just last year
  5. It is fielding candidates for all 577 seats in next month's parliamentary elections

Live Reporting

By David Molloy

All times stated are UK

Thanks for joining us!

Now that the morning's ceremonies are complete and France has its new president, we're closing our live coverage.

President Macron is due to meet the mayor of Paris and deliver another speech around 17:00 local time (16:00 BST).

We'll be covering that, and any other developments, in our main news story.

And, of course, we've plenty of background reading for you to enjoy:

In video: Macron becomes President of the Republic

A quick look back on the declaration ceremony, in case you missed it:

Emmanuel Macron sworn in as French president

Macron visits the tomb of the unknown soldier

Underneath the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - a monument to the unidentified dead from both world wars.

Macron laid a wreath at the tomb, and symbolically re-lit the "eternal flame" of the monument, in his capacity as leader of the armed forces.

He is now shaking hands with a host of veterans and officers under the Arc.

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New president parades up the Champs Élysées

President Macron took to an open-topped military vehicle to cruise up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, accompanied by mounted guards.

Commentators on the France 24 news channel said the choice of a distinct green military car was deliberate - showing solidarity with the country's armed forces.

He then walked the final stretch, waving to the crowd.

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In photos: Pomp and circumstance

French army fire cannon at the Esplanade of the Invalides Hotel in Paris following Emmanuel Macron"s formal inauguration ceremony as French President on May 14, 2017 in Paris.
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French President Emmanuel Macron (C) reviews troops in the gardens of the Elysee presidential Palace following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President on May 14, 2017 in Paris.
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French President Emmanuel Macron (C) reviews troops in the gardens of the Elysee presidential Palace following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President on May 14, 2017 in Paris.
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Rainy days already?

New president enjoys perk of umbrella attendant as shower strikes

French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with veterans during a ceremony to the Unknown soldier at Arc de Triomphe on May 15, 2012 in Paris, France
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As President Macron walks through his new gardens, the rain has come tumbling down at last - if only briefly.

That, of course, recalls his predecessor's inauguration, which was a bit of a wash-out.

That didn't dampen the spirits of 2012 François Hollande, who waved to supporters through the sunroof of his car - getting drenched in the process.

Macron is now on the way to the Arc de Triomphe.

French President Francois Hollande arrives to attend a ceremony to pay respect to the Unknown soldier at Arc de Triomphe on May 15, 2012 in Paris, France.
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Gun salute for the new president

Twenty-one cannon blasts have boomed out across Paris in a formal salute for the new leader.

Rather than rolling artillery through the streets, the cannon are at Les Invalides, home to the army museum and the tomb of Napoleon.

That may be 1.7km (1 mile) away across the river, but the booming sound can apparently still be heard at the palace.

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Hollande: I leave the country in a better state

French outgoing President Francois Hollande (R) is escorted by his successor Emmanuel Macron as he leaves the Elysee presidential Palace at the end of their handover ceremony and prior to Macron"s formal inauguration as French President on May 14, 2017 in Paris.
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As his successor gave his speech on the future of France, François Hollande sent a series of (presumably pre-prepared) reflective tweets.

"I am bound to you as you are bound to me, by our common history," the ex-president tweeted. "Without you, I would have never had the chance to rule France."

He said leading France was a "heavy responsibility" and - reflecting Macron's speech - said the nation should be an example to others.

He said he was proud of his achievements - keeping Greece in Europe, the climate change deal, and dealing with testing times for France.

"I leave a country in a much better state than I found it," he said.

In recent months, President Hollande's approval ratings hit a record low.

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'Deep change' ahead as Macron vows to begin work tonight

In closing, President Macron paid tribute to the leaders of the fifth republic who came before him - from de Gaulle to Sarkozy and Hollande.

"France has to rise to the occasion," he said - whether facing political, economic or social problems.

"France will always seek to be on the side of liberty and human rights - always to build peace over time."

He said he would count on the people to "deal with deep change".

"From this very evening I will be at work. Long live the republic and long live France."

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Macron: 'We will, together, go beyond our fears'

In his speech, Macron said he would restore France's global standing.

"France is only strong if it's prosperous. France is only a model for the world if it is exemplary," he said.

"We will have given back to the French a taste for the future - and pride in what they are.

"The whole world will pay attention to what France says - because we will, together, go beyond our fears and anxieties. 

"We will, together, be an example of a people that knows how to affirm their values, their principles - those of democracy and the republic."

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Macron: The world needs France more than ever

The new president of France has opened his term with talk of a new renaissance.

"The world needs what the French have always taught. For decades France has doubted herself."

But, he said, the world, and Europe, need France more than ever.

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"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."

BreakingEmmanuel Macron proclaimed president of the French Republic

Laurent Fabius, president of the Constitutional Council, has proclaimed Emmanuel Macron as president.

"In order to be the man of one's country, one must be the man of your time," he said.

"By the sovereign choice of the people, you are now, above all ... the man of our country ... President of the Republic."

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Macron arrives in the ballroom for the ceremony

With a swell of string instruments, Mr Macron enters the ballroom surrounded by his family and political friends. 

Next, we'll hear the results of the election which are read out for the record.

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Hollande leaves the palace

After a lengthy meeting, Emmanuel Macron emerges from this meeting to see off François Hollande in a modest Citreon, to much applause.

A handshake, a wave, and the presidency of Hollande is over.

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Speculation mounts over identity of next PM

Once the ceremony is done and dusted, many in France will be looking to Macron's pick for the all-important role of prime minister (expected to be announced on Monday). 

Will it be the head of the IMF and former Economy Minister Christine Lagarde? A poll issued last week suggested she would be the most popular choice. Some analysts say the fact she has never actually been elected may qualify as part of Macron's political renewal.

Other names that have been linked to the post include current Defence Minister Yves Le Drian, MEP Sylvie Goulard and centrist François Bayrou.

Christine Lagarde
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Could it be IMF head Christine Lagarde?

France waits. And waits.

Paris-based journalist for the Guardian and LA Times tweets the thoughts of the collective media:

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One last look...

Just before Macron's arrival, outgoing President Francois Hollande stood on his balcony and took one last look at the palace grounds.

The meeting between the pair has run longer than officially scheduled...

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Nuclear codes part of the handover

Reuters reports that the private meeting between Mr Macron and Mr Hollande includes the nuclear launch codes being transferred.      

France has some 300 nuclear warheads, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The chain of office

The Grand Collier in the Legion of Honor is pictured before the takeover ceremony between outgoing President Francois Hollande and President-elect Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.
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As part of this morning's ceremony, Macron will be presented with the grand collier de la Légion d'honneur - a necklace owned by Napoleon I, and a symbol of his position as Grand Master of the Legion of Honour.

The title has always been given to the leader of France - but Macron probably won't put it on.

It's usually kept in the army museum in Paris, and is no longer subject to daily wear and tear.

Extraordinary rise to power for a political newcomer

Macron has never stood for elected office but ran a successful election campaign based on a movement - recently renamed La République En Marche - which, a year ago, did not even exist. He set it up after quitting his role as economy minister under the Socialist government.

"My aim isn't to bring together the right or the left but to bring together the French people," he said, when he first announced his candidacy.

His electoral victory ends the decades-long dominance of the two traditional main left-wing and right-wing parties in France.  

Read more about France's new president, and how he rose to power.

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche movement Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (R) attending an event on 8 March 2017
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Macron, pictured with his wife, Brigitte, who has been a constant throughout his meteoric rise to power

The official schedule

His private meeting with the outgoing president will last for about half an hour.

Then comes the inauguration ceremony itself, and presumably a speech.

By late morning, the new President Macron will zip up the famous Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomph, and lay flowers at the memorial to the unknown solider there.

Later, Mr Macron will meet the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, at the town hall, where is expected to speak again.

Macron arrives at Élysée Palace

Emmanuel Macron has arrived at the palace, where François Hollande stood waiting to greet his successor.

The pair will now have a meeting in private before the official ceremony begins.

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... and courtesy of a spokesperson, we now know that Macron is wearing a €450 suit.

"The President will be dressed in a costume at Jonas & Cie ... cost of a suit is about 450 euros," she tweeted.

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France's new first lady arrives

Brigitte Macron, who has become something of a celebrity over the course of the campaign, arrives at her new palatial residence ahead of her husband.

Meet Brigitte Macron, the new first lady

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They've rolled out the red carpet...

Invited officials have been assembling at the Élysée Palace this morning, where they have quite literally rolled out the red carpet for the incoming boss.

An employee prepares the courtyard near the red carpet at the Elysee Palace as journalists (L) wait for French President-elect Emmanuel Macron to arrive for the handover ceremony with outgoing President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, May 14, 2017
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Breaking down the vote

Macron swept the board at last week's presidential polls, taking 66% of the vote, compared to the National Front (FN) far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's 34%. However, as these maps show, voters also backed the FN in record numbers. The break down of the votes show Macron scored higher in urban areas, whereas Le Pen's biggest support came from rural areas.

Graphics showing share of vote by commune between Macron and Le Pen
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Élysée ceremony

Welcome to our live coverage of the inauguration of France's next president, Emmanuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace. He will be taking over from François Hollande, who's been in office since 2012 but whose term has been plagued by low approval ratings.

Flags lined the streets the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, the eve of the handover of power to French president-elect Emmanuel Macron, 13 May 2017
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Flags lined the streets the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, the eve of the handover of power to French president-elect Emmanuel Macron