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Hollande sworn in as French president

Francois Hollande officially became president of the French Republic, announced the president of the Constitutional Council, Jean-Louis Debre.

“From today you impersonate France, symbolize the values of the Republic and represent all French people,” solemnly stated Jean-Louis Debre, chair of France‘s Constitutional Court.

Hollande was awarded the French Order of the Legion of Honour and signed an official protocol, after which he was officially inaugurated the 7th President of the Fifth Republic at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

“I will open a new road for Europe,” vowed France‘s new President in his first speech as a head of state.

Francois Hollande won on May 6 the second round of French presidential 51.62% of the votes against 48.38% for incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy, becoming the second Socialist president of the Fifth Republic.

 

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