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 euro a year. Instead, La Lanterne, a hunting lodge in Versailles will become the official retreat of the French President.
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  • Well worth a visit. Really good, very savvy guide with full of anecdotes. To see inside and outside views in the gardens. Very seventies amazing decoration. We could think of something more glitzy
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  • Take the time to walk on the beach and view the fort before walking up. It's a lovely walk. The views are gorgeous. There's parking very near by. And the little snack restaurant is very good.  more »
  • Nice, very organized, by reservation only. Paid parking, similar to that of the beach of the Cabasson but reduced on presentation of the reservation. Worth the drive. However too bad not being able to access to the presidential apartment. Wonderful views from the gardens.
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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. ...
  • Great views. Magnificent monument. We love
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  • I recommend visiting this place for the historical side, anecdotes about the Presidents of the Fifth Republic and the sublime view
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  • 10 euros for parking already. .. and no choice of pay, even just to take a picture. .... The flight!
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