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France is now under the socialist leadership of President François Hollande. May 15 was a day of rites of passage and symbolism, before getting down to governing. Swiss Italian television RSI reported.

The new cabinet chief in France is Jean-Marc Ayrault, a 62-year-old senior member in the socialist party, head of the group in parliament. The new prime minister is also a German-speaker, long steeped in German culture, a precious asset for key international relations, French television F3 reported.

Hollande’s inaugural day was lit up in other ways as well. The presidential plane to take him to Berlin was struck by lightning, and had to turn back to put him on another one before he flew off to meet the German Chancellor, Portuguese RTP television reported.

Manuel Valls becomes Interior Minister, a member of a new generation of socialists and also the offspring of immigration, born in Barcelona of a Swiss mother and a Catalan father, French television F2 reported.