Emmanual Macron formally became the President of France on the 14 May 2017 follwing a handover of power from the outgoing François Hollande. This followed the victory of Mr Macron in the second round of the French Presidential Election held on the 7 May 2017.
While the new President in his inauguration speech vowed to restore the country's self-confidence, commentators noted the challenges he faced including:
+ to reunite France
President Macron was expected to name his prime minister on the 15 May 2017 and other members of his government the following day. He was also due to make a symbolically important visit to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel - his first overseas trip as President - on the 15 May 2017.
There was also the matter of the forthcoming French legislative elections in June 2017 to consider
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