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Francois Hollande's 'message of confidence' for France

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

Speaking at the ceremony in Paris, he said he had a ''message of confidence'' for the French people.

The new president said he was aware of challenges facing the country, which he summarised as "huge debt, weak growth, reduced competitiveness, and a Europe that is struggling to emerge from a crisis".

"But I affirm today that there is no fatalism. There is a common will that unites us. We will mobilise all our forces and the assets of France," he added.

  • 15 May 2012
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