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39-yr-old politician inaugurated as French president

Macron, in his inaugural address, pledged to work to overcome divisions in society which had been shown by the presidential election campaign.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) waves as he parades in a car on the Champs Elysees avenue after his formal inauguration ceremony on May 14, 2017 in Paris
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Macron takes office after beating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in last week's presidential run-off.

The 39-year-old, who is pro-European union, takes over from Socialist Francois Hollande and is expected to lead France.

After defeating Le Pen, Macron has become the French's youngest president to date.

The newly sworn-in President also said he will seek to build a strong France that was sure of itself in the world.

Macron promised that under his administration, the labour market would be made more flexible, business-friendly conditions would be created to help companies function and "innovation" would be at the heart of his action as president.

Macron is married to Brigitte Macron.

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