French President opens Elysee garden to public
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 28, 2012, 20:36
Paris: Hundreds of Parisians and tourists lined up on Sunday to get a rare chance to visit the gardens of France's presidential palace.

Visitors were taking advantage of a new policy inaugurated by President Francois Hollande to open the 18th-century Elysee Palace gardens to the public every last Sunday of the month.

In the past, the palace and gardens were only open to the public once a year on France's Heritage Days weekend in September.

Access to the gardens is just off the Champs Elysee avenue via an ornate wrought-iron gate topped with gilt rooster, the French national symbol.

The gardens are open from noon to 5 pm the last Sunday of the month from October to March, and from 1 pm to 7 pm from April to September.


First Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012, 20:36

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