French Prez takes train, not plane, on vacation

Last Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 23:39

Paris: France`s President Francois Hollande has headed off on vacation this year by train, not plane, in a break with his flashy predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Frugally-minded Hollande, who promised during spring`s presidential campaign to save money by catching trains, took high-speed rail today from Paris with his girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiler.

They`re headed for the Fort de Bregancon, an official retreat in southeastern France.
They travelled first class. But it`s a stark contrast from the unpopular Sarkozy, who was criticised for vacationing using a Dassault Falcon 7X jet and an Airbus dubbed "Air Sarko One."

Hollande has carefully cultivated a "Mr. Normal" image. He says traveling by train is an important symbol at a time when "many French want to go on vacation...And can`t."


First Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 23:39

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