15 May 2012
Last updated at 15:06
Francois Hollande has been sworn in as president of France, becoming the first Socialist leader in 17 years to occupy the Elysee Palace. In his first speech on taking office, Mr Hollande said he was fully aware of the challenges facing France.
Ahead of the swearing in, outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy shook hands with his successor in the Elysee Palace's courtyard before taking him inside for a private meeting, at which France's nuclear launch codes were handed over.
Arriving for the inauguration ceremony, Valerie Trierweiler, Mr Hollande's partner, was greeted by Mr Sarkozy's wife, Carla Bruni.
During the investiture ceremony, Francois Hollande was awarded the rank of Grand Maitre (Grand Master) in the Legion of Honour.
Au revoir: Mr Sarkozy gave one last wave before being whisked away, no longer president of France after only one term in office.
...and bonjour: after the inauguration, Mr Hollande rode along the Champs Elysees in an open-topped car, waving to the crowd despite the rain.
At the Arc de Triomphe, Mr Hollande laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as the rain hardened into a downpour.
However, France's new leader did not let the weather spoil his big moment
...undeterred, he went on to shake hands with supporters on the Champs Elysees.