Macron arrived in a relatively small car and was greeted by President François Hollande at the steps of the Élysée Palace while dignitaries were waiting inside in a hall.
Hollande and Macron disappeared, apparently to attend a session of the French government that is always presided over by the President of the Republic. This time it was presided over by the old and the new; was this the reason why the meeting took nearly an hour?
In the meantime the cameras showed some interesting scenes while people were waiting.
|The guard of honor waiting in the courtyard of the Élysée Palace|
|La tricolore always on top|
|Dignitaries are waiting inside|
|Two well-known faces. In the middle: Lionel Jospin, socialist, prime minister in 1997,|
failed in 2002 to become Président de la République. On the right: His eternal rival
Laurent Fabius, socialist, now president of the Constitutional Council.
|The two attractive daughters of the president's wife and one of the grandchildren waiting.|
|Soldiers of the Foreign Legion waiting. |
In the background men of the Republican Guard waiting.
|Citizens greeting their new neighbor are waiting too.|
|The waiting dignitairies are entertained with Mozart|
|Is he coming?|
|But he disappears again to say goodbye to François Hollande|
|François bidding adieu to Emmanuel's wife Brigitte |
while the new president is watching the scene
|Both men are descending the stairs|
|The car in which Emmanuel arrived is waiting for François at the end of the red carpet.|
|Is Hollande hesitating to leave the Élysée or is he eager to leave?|
|Macron watches the parting president entering the car|
|A last waving of the hand|
|The presidential couple united again is smiling to the crowd|
|The president of the Constitutional Council gives a lesson to Macron about his duties and rights|
|Laurant Fabius impresses the crowd by speaking without manuscript or teleprompter|
|The Grand Chancellor of the Order of the National Legion of Honor|
offers Macron the insignia of a Grandmaster
|A close-up of the cross of the Legion of Honor|
|The Grand Chancellor signs the bestowal document first|
|The bestowal document of the Legion of Honor|
|Macron signs the document too|
|In his inaugural speech la France d'abord (France first) |
defending the traditional values de la Républic: liberté, égalité, fraternité ...
|... although Europe is important too|
|The presidential couple leaves the reception|
|Brigitte in small talk with some dignitairies ...|
|... while her husband is leaving the building for an inspection of the guards.|
|Macron on the red carpet face to face with ...|
|... the commanding officer|
|The new president on his way to inspect the guard of honor|
|Saluting the tricolore|
|Playing la Marseillaise|
|President Emmanuel Macron listening|
On Monday President Macron was in Berlin. Traditionally the first foreign trip of a newly elected French president is to Germany while a newly elected chancellor visits Paris first. Both leaders agreed to advance the European Union.
|Angela and Emmanuel being bosom buddies already (©AFP)|