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Francois Hollande Takes Office in France

Francois Hollande assumed office during a modest ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 15, 2012.
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French President-elect Francois Hollande, right, shakes hands with outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy before the handover ceremony Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
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French President-elect Francois Hollande, right, shakes hands with outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy before the handover ceremony Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Francois Hollande drives down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris after the handover ceremony.
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Francois Hollande drives down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris after the handover ceremony.

Hollande smiles from his car during a rain shower on the Champs Elysees.
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Hollande smiles from his car during a rain shower on the Champs Elysees.

Outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony.
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Outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony.

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