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ripening grapes in the Loire

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Presidential Residences

Chateau de RambouilletNo. 10 Downing Street is by any measure a rather modest and functional residence for our Head of Government, compared to say the White House in Washington or the Elysee Palace in France. Of course the inhabitants of those palaces are also Head of State. But it must be a trifle frustrating to see the splendour of the accommodation available to the new French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.
First the Elysee Palace in the centre of Paris is very much a palace, somewhere you wpuld be proud to welcome foreign dignatories. But Monsieur le President, also has at his disposal another Chateau at Rambouillet on the outskirts of Paris (see photo) – just a tad more grand than Chequers, which is only a country house.
However, the French do not stop there – Hotel de Marigny is another fine house in Paris – and then there is the Domaine de Souzy-la-Briche a little further outside Paris near Dourdan (91, Essone, Ile de France)- but this is “just a private residence for the President”.
But to top it all there is a little islet on the Côte d’Azur – the Fort de Bregancon, near Bormes-les-Mimosas, in case you get bored with the splendour of the other residences.
Fort de Breganconsee map. President Sarkozy has just spent his first Presidential weekend at Bregancon.
Unfortunately none of these buildings seem to open to the public – although there is a video tour of the Elysee Palace on the French Presidency website