PARIS — Emmanuel Macron pledged to unite France as he was sworn in as president Sunday, becoming the country's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.
"The division and fractures in our society must be overcome," the 39-year-old former investment banker said. "The world and Europe needs France more than ever."
Macron was handed the keys to the country and the nuclear codes by predecessor Francois Hollande in an inauguration ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.
The independent centrist won a resounding victory last week against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to become the eighth president of France's fifth republic.
The political newcomer has never before held elected office and only formed his political movement a year ago.