Emmanuel Macron was sworn in today as France’s new president, becoming the youngest president in the country’s history. One of Macron’s first tasks will be to start appointing his government and preparing for the parliamentary elections in June.

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Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as France’s new president on Sunday under tight security, replacing socialist President François Hollande. Macron, a former banker who was once one of Hollande’s advisers, was elected after he received about 65% of the votes in the second round against right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen.

Macron will participate in several different ceremonies today. The first was the ceremony at the Elysee Palace, where Macron was inaugurated. He then traveled to Arc de Triomphe, where Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo welcomed him.

One of Macron’s first tasks will be to appoint his government and prepare for the parliamentary elections on June 11 and June 18. “This is the first time that I’m watching the inauguration ceremony,” explained a 40-year-old Paris resident before the ceremony. “This time, the media is also most excited. [This] may be because Macron is a new face.”

39-year-old Macron became France’s youngest president today. He is an independent who does not have a lot of experience in politics. “Everyone said that it was impossible,” Macron told his supporters after he won the election last week. “But they don’t know France.”