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Legend or luxury - which car will France's new president choose for his investiture?


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Legend or luxury - which car will France's new president choose for his investiture?

With Peugeot, Renault and Citroen to choose from, which French brand will Emmanuel Macron pick for his inaugural drive down the Champs Elysees on Sunday as the country’s new president on Sunday?

To help him make his choice, Euronews has taken a look back through history to see what his predecessors did.

General de Gaulle

The legendary Citroen DS chosen by Charles de Gaulle saved the president’s life in August 1962 when there was an attempt on his life.

Georges Pompidou

Citroen was also the favoured choice of President Georges Pompidou – the man who gave his name to the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Valery Giscard d’Estaing

Peugeot 604 : les années Giscard https://t.co/Oug5msNJRY pic.twitter.com/pXhMIKSWKC

— AdMovieCar(@AdMovieCar) 9 avril 2017

The Peugeot 604 of Valery Giscard d’Estaing was the first presidential motor not to be black.

Francois Miterrand

Mitterrand's Car ! R25 V6 Baccara ! #Renault #CarCulture #Youngtimers #GoPOA pic.twitter.com/Mosaw29Hib

— Raphaël SOUYRIS (@raphsouyris) 11 mai 2016

Francois Miterrand was at the wheel of his turquoise Renault Super 5 when he arrived in the courtyard of the Elysee to begin his presidency.

Jacques Chirac

servatore</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TAutomobilist">TAutomobilist CitroenFrance</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Citroen">Citroen olivierpetit_</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RetromobileFR">RetromobileFR I thinkit's a single copy, for PrdtChirac, wholovedCX… pic.twitter.com/5BphfM4xd1

— Learch(@LearchC) 8 février 2017

Made-to-measure Citroens were the order of the day for Jacques Chirac.

Nicolas Sarkozy

PresidentSarkozy #Peugeot 607 #Paladine #MuseePeugeot PeugeotFR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/njcugnot">njcugnot BoitierRouge</a> <a href="http://t.co/7WGZkMqBnz">pic.twitter.com/7WGZkMqBnz</a></p>&mdash; Carpe Diem Peugeot (Peugeot4ever) 20 janvier 2015

The bling-bling president (as he came to be known due to his love of luxury) chose a made-to-measure 607 Peugeot Paladine.

Hybrid Hollande

On a d'ailleurs pas revu souvent la Citroën DS5 hybride et découvrable de François Hollande. Le président Macronl'utilisera-t-il ?

— Rémi T@stet(@remtastet) 8 mai 2017

Socialist Francois Hollande chose a DS5 Citroen – a Hybrid 4 model.

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