Francois Hollande was sworn in as president of France on Tuesday with a solemn vow to find a new growth-led strategy to end the crippling debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone.
France's outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy (left) welcomes his successor Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace for the formal handover of power ceremony in Paris. Hollande has been sworn in as France's president, becoming the country's first Socialist leader in 17 years.
After brief ceremonies and a rain-lashed walkabout, the 57-year-old Socialist headed to Berlin to confront Chancellor Angela Merkel over their very different visions as to how to save the single currency bloc.
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