Inauguration of French President Francois Hollande(7 images)

Francois Hollande declared he would "open a new way in Europe" as he was inaugurated Tuesday as president of France in a ceremony at Elysee Palace in Paris. Hollande, 57, is the seventh president of the Fifth Republic and the first Socialist to hold the office since Francois Mitterrand.

The car of outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy awaits at the edge of the red carpet laid across the patio of the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on May 15, 2012, before his departure at the end of his mandate. France's new president Francois Hollande took over. UPI/Eco Clement | License Photo
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