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Le Salon Doré (The Golden Room) in the Élysées Palace – this is how your office looks like when you’re the President of France. Picture by Wikipedia

Journées du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days) is an event offering a unique opportunity to the public – to visit buildings, monuments and sites, which are not normally accessible to citizens.

The Days (15-16 september) are also one of the rare chances you will get to step inside the Palais de l’Elysées, the residence of the French President. Naturally, his private apartment will be off the must-see list, but even so, the enthusiasts to enter the office of François Hollande today were practically innumerable. The kilometric queue of patience began at Place de la Concorde and didn’t finish until the back doors of the Palace.

The queue in front of the Elysées Palace

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