French Prez welcomes visitors to his `rented` home
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 21:59
Paris: French President Francois Hollande and his partner are welcoming visitors to their "rented" home: the sumptuous Elysee Palace.

Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler shook hands and signed autographs for crowds lining up to see the 18th- century mansion during France's annual open house festival when the doors to historical landmarks and government buildings are thrown open across the country.

The Heritage Days offer a glimpse of the parts of public buildings that are normally closed. This year those include the Gare de Lyon train station's clock tower and the British ambassador's residence.

At the Elysee today, visitors will be treated to a tour of the president's office.

In the spirit of the festival, Hollande told French television: "I'm only a renter of this house.... The people are the landlords."


First Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 21:59

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