French Prez welcomes visitors to his `rented` home

French President Francois Hollande and his partner are welcoming visitors to their "rented" home: the sumptuous Elysee Palace.

Updated: Sep 16, 2012, 21:59 PM IST

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."

PTI