Fort de Brégançon

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Coordinates: 43°05′36″N 6°19′20″E / 43.093384°N 6.32216°E / 43.093384; 6.32216

Aerial view le Fort de Brégançon
The Fort de Brégançon seen from the sea.
The Fort de Brégançon.

The Fort de Brégançon served as the official retreat of the President of France from 1968 to 2013. It will become a national monument.


It 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.


The fort became a presidential residence in 1968 during the presidency of Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970).[1]

It was used only once by President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ex-wife Cecilia.[1] 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.[1]

In October 2013, it was announced it would become a national monument open to the public, in an effort to reduce state expenditure.[1] Indeed, the maintenance and staffing of the property cost 200,000 euro a year.[1] Instead, La Lanterne, a hunting lodge in Versailles will become the official retreat of the French President.[1]


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