Fort de Bregancon, Bormes-Les-Mimosas

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The Fort de Brégançon served as the official retreat of the President of France from 1968 to 2013. It will become a national monument.LocationIt rests on a small island off the French Mediterranean coast. It is connected by a short causeway to the mainland and lies in the commune of Bormes-les-Mimosas in the Var department.HistoryThe fort became a presidential residence in 1968 during the presidency of Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970).It was used only once by President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ex-wife Cecilia. It was also only used once by President François Hollande and his partner Valérie Trierweiler, in the summer of 2012, when it was discovered it wasn't sufficiently private, and too easy of a target for papparazzi.In October 2013, it was announced it would become a national monument open to the public, in an effort to reduce state expenditure. Indeed, the maintenance and staffing of the property cost £200,000 a year. Instead, La Lanterne, a hunting lodge in Versailles will become the official retreat of the French President.
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  • what a beautiful place to visit this is a must to see if you are in France Beautiful views incredible history I am so glad we visited this place again this is a must to see and visit  more »
  • I was curious to see this place having seen it became possible to visit around a year ago. The setting surprised me, it is more picturesque than I expected. Inside was a bit disappointing as you can't...  more »
  • Beautiful place ; take the time to walk away from the main beach. There are a few more isolated beaches west of the main one. Takes 15 to 20 mn to get there, but it is a beautiful walk and then you ar...  more »
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  • So we get there at the gate. What we have to pay for parking!? What we have to buy a ticket to just get to the Fort!? What we can't buy the tickets there at the location!? So I was bit frustrated and was not the coolest guy to be around. However we were able to purchase the tickets online before the next tour. This is when I started to feel bad for my attitude toward the staff and started enjoying the beautiful scenery of both the location and smiles. Marie the tour guide was the most wonderful and charismatic person. Enthused about Fort de Bregancon she captivated both the crowd and me to the point where I stopped listening and started wondering if she was single.
  • In mistral weather ( big wind ) it was great ... it accentuates the contrast of the landscape ... I have not visited the fortress of the president, but I made the rolling stone on the coastal paths ...(les sentiers du littoral ). the parking is not free ... Maybe the commune has no money ..... a little surprised anyway. .. here we murder the tourists with exhorbitant prices .. damned ... The restaurant frenchy of proximity is shabby and expensive. ...
  • 10 euros for parking already. .. and no choice of pay, even just to take a picture. .... The flight!
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  • Remains of the presidents of the Republic, because of our wonderful summer and framework idilic.
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  • This place is unique in its kind, as long as there is not a wind from the West, with beach, pine forest, coastal path. When the sun goes down on the fort, that hydilique
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