PARIS, FRANCE .- French President-elect Emmanuel Macron appeared in Paris today with the outgoing leader, François Hollande, in his first official ceremony to honor the victims of World War II when Marks 72 years of the allied victory against Nazi Germany.
Under the Parisian Triumphal Arch, Hollande received with a smile and a handshake from Macron, his Economy Minister between 2014 and 2016, before the handover of powers, which will take place this weekend.
They both solemnly heard La Marseillaise, the hymn of France, and «Le Chant des partisans», an emblematic song of the French Resistance before the occupation of Nazi Germany.
Then Hollande and Macron deposited a wreath at the tomb of the «Unknown Soldier,» in honor of the millions of soldiers who left their lives in the First (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).
Macron, who will take up the post of head of state possibly on May 14 at a ceremony in the Palace of Elysee, lived the moment of the anthem of the «Chant des partisans» with eyes closed, as a sign of recollection.
Then the two politicians greeted, one by one, a group of veterans under the emblematic Arc de Triomphe.
Macron, who at 39 will be the youngest president of the French Republic, beat the right-wing Marine Le Pen last night with two-thirds of the votes in elections with a high abstention (25.44%) and a high percentage Of white and void votes (11.47).