France to swear in Hollande

France to swear in Hollande

Francois Hollande is set to be sworn in as France’s first Socialist leader in nearly two decades at a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in central Paris.

Mr Hollande is to be sworn in as president following a handover of power from Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative incumbent voters rejected after only one term in office at an election earlier this month.

Hours later, Mr Hollande will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel for a critical meeting on austerity and growth in Europe.

The French president is elected to a five-year term.


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