Fort Brégançon, Bormes-les-Mimosas, France 

The 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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