François Hollande and his protégé Mr Macron took part in a VE Day commemorations in Paris – hours after Macron’s presidential election win.
The outgoing leader appeared to hold out a hand to Macron, guiding him along at the event in front of the Arc De Triomphe.
Macron, who will be France’s youngest-ever president has been close with Hollande.
The event followed hours after his speech in which he admitted there is an issue to be addressed in France after a projected 11m voted for right wing Marine Le Pen of the National Front.
He said: “I know the divisions in our nation, which have led some to vote for the extremes. I respect them.
“I know the anger, the anxiety, the doubts that very many of you have also expressed. It’s my responsibility to hear them.”
The pair laid a wreath and spoke to veterans at the event while Hollande appeared to guide the younger politician.
Mr Macron won the run-off vote with around 66% of the vote compared to his rival, Ms Le Pen’s 34%.
However, the fight is not over yet with the next elections for parliament taking place in early June.
Le Pen will attempt to increase her two seats to more than 15.
The National Front leader has vowed to bring another battle as she attempts to change the image of her party.
Outgoing French Socialist President Francois Hollande has confirmed the formal handing over of power to Emmanuel Macron will take place on May 14.