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Élysée Palace, Paris

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Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of the French Republic, containing his office, and is where the Council of Ministers meets. You can only view this site from a distance, as security is locked tight. The best time to go may be at the top of each hour, when the changing of the guard occurs. Meanwhile, check out the upscale shopping in the area accompanied by beautiful architecture.

Élysée Palace also has French-style gardens, containing patterned flowerbeds and alleys of chestnut trees lined with hedgerows, in which presidents hosted parties on the afternoon of Bastille Day until 2010. Since then, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, decided to stop organizing this event because of France's high debt and the economic crisis. Take a look at our Paris travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Élysée Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • June 14, 2017
    There were people at random, with the media cameras and microphones. I think that was because there were a lot of security people, the new President was elected from various events. 5/15 was passing by, so it may be natural. Now that the streets should be through its effects, should be sealed and go a long way so far.
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  • April 27, 2017
    It was so clear that it needs to be well covered as a seat of Government, but apparently was Angela Merkel to visit, it was the mega hedges drum around and many policemen. Camera/reporter team who just reported etc. The building itself is very nice. As far as police there was, I left it rather DAA to photograph.
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  • March 28, 2017
    We have just passed by because you can not go insidedue to the security issues. Élysée Palace is the official residence of the President of France since 1848. But once per year the palace is open on E...  more »
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  • April 15, 2017
    I'm sure it's spectacular, but you can't see it behind the high walls, and if you do try and go in, it's a hell of a long wait.
  • February 24, 2017
    The place is really nice but way too much untidy: full of old junk trying to look like humans, crooks and sleeping people everywhere.
  • March 22, 2017
    From outside is looking good ..and is one strange sensation..what makes you to enter inside ..
  • December 17, 2016
    the good news of the century sarkozy dont back
  • December 27, 2016
    I LOVE IT THATS WHY I GAVE IT A 1

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