France: Presidents’ holiday retreat open to public

07/19/2014 12:00 AM

07/15/2014 8:36 PM

It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by the turquoise Mediterranean: The Fort de Bregancon has been the very private holiday retreat of French leaders for decades. And now it’s open to the public. Socialist President Francois Hollande has decided to break with tradition and to show it to the masses for the first time instead of vacationing there. Built in the Middle Ages, it became state property during the French Revolution. Since then, every French president has come to take some time off and enjoy the private beach and the spectacular view from the patio.

Details: Fort de Bregancon is open to the public through Sept. 28. A visit costs 10 euros and must be pre-booked at

Associated Press

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