BUT HOW DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE PRIVILEGES? But nooooo, but how we are too mega not shocked at all, bug! Well yes, as it will absolutely not surprise you, the President of the Republic is getting on rather well. Okay. Laid. Little salary, little barracks, little planes (yes, in the plural). AIIIIGHT. I let you discover all that in this top. Be careful, this is not reserved for Macron. These are the privileges granted to all French presidents, during their tenure.
1. He sets his own salary
It’s true… And it’s probably one of the only jobs where you settle like that, tranquillou bilou, your net monthly salary. Until Nicolas Sarkozy, the salary was kept secret. He then imposed transparency on this subject, and it was discovered that he received the cursed sum of 19,331 euros net per month. OKLM. If we consider that the president works 7 days a week and 24 hours a day over a month of 31 days (which is not the case at all), that’s still 26€ per hour, what! A salary increased by 170% compared to his predecessor, Jacques Chirac (who therefore received 11,371 € per month, if my calculations are correct. Which is not at all certain. I had an S baccalaureate, but 5 average in math for 2 years). Hollande received 14,910 euros gross, and Macron 15,200 euros, gross too.
2. The Head of State is not subject to control of his tax situation at the start of his term of office
While members of the government and parliamentarians, yes! A hard blow for our ex-banker who would surely have loved to make all these little Excel tables and account follow-ups public.
3. He has a few small residences available, all in simplicity
We all know the Élysée Palace as being THE principal residence of the President in office. The thing really isn’t gross: it’s a former 18th century private mansion, there are as many rooms there as there are days in the year (365), and 1.5 hectares of parkland, right next to the Champs- Elysium. The Stéphane Plazza that slumbers in me is wriggling there. On the other hand, presidents are not obliged to settle there! Valéry Giscard d’Estaing lived in his own mansion (life goes), Mitterrand and Sarkozy were only there intermittently, and Hollande only settled there after his break with Valérie Trierweiler.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL ! The Head of State also has a small secondary residence: Le Pavillon de la Lanterne in the park of the Palace of Versailles. Originally, it was reserved for the Prime Minister, but Sarko decided to appropriate it and his successors did the same. Sorry Castex…
AND IT’S NOT OVER ! Never two without three, it seems… Finally, the president also has the Fort de Brégançon, in the Var. Even if Hollande entrusted the building to the Center des monuments nationaux in 2014, thus opening it to the public, the head of state can continue to go there whenever he wishes.
4. He has all the trains he wants available…
For you too, finding a round trip Paris-Bordeaux that fits perfectly with your work schedules is an almost impossible mission? Well, for Macron, it’s finger in the nose! Indeed, the Chairman can dispose of the SNCF network as he sees fit.
5. … but also several planes….
For his longer trips, the President has the choice of an Airbus A330-200 purchased in 2009, 6 Falcon jets of various sizes or several helicopters. Normal, what.
6. …. and finally, cars galore
The car remains THE means of transport most used by the President of the Republic. Suddenly, bah… Inevitably… The Élysée has many drivers and a large car fleet. Really wide kind. A hundred cases, what.
7. He enjoys “presidential immunity”
Since 2007, the President of the French Republic has enjoyed absolute and permanent immunity: he cannot be legally responsible for acts performed as long as he is President (in the political, criminal, civil and administrative fields). While he is in office, he cannot be called as a witness, be the subject of an investigation or appear in court (thank goodness, there are still exceptions, such as committing a crime or high treason against the state). A little extra: presidential immunity is valid for life, for all cases that took place during the mandate. Sarko is the living proof, hihi.
8. The president is well surrounded
In his cabinet (not his toilets, eh, hihihihi): a secretary general, a deputy secretary general, a director of cabinet, a deputy director, a chief of staff, or even about forty advisers,… (The list is still long.) All that, paid for by the state, of course.
9. His spouse also has a lot of advantages
Employees, premises at the Elysée, cars, security, or even make-up and hairdressing: the companions of our presidents also have some pretty nice little privileges.
10. He is co-Prince of Andorra
So, technically, he elevates Brigitte more to the rank of co-queen than queen, but hey. It’s better than nothing. For those who don’t know: Andorra is a small principality of 468 km2 on the Franco-Spanish border. Traditionally, the French head of state fulfills only ceremonial functions. The management of the principality is left to the General Council (our parliament, in a way). Its functions, shared with Joan-Enric Vives i Sicília, are judicial: right of pardon, appointment of members of the Superior Council of Justice and of the Constitutional Tribunal.
11. He can booze dry
Not in public, however. It would get bad press. But the cellar of the Elysée is rather… provided! There are some 12,000 bottles there. And believe me, it’s not cheap! Grands crus from Bordeaux, great white wines from Burgundy and vintage champagnes: there’s something to enjoy!
12. He has the right to enter the Pope’s Cathedral on horseback
By far the most stylish of all privileges. Most useful. The most crazy. The thing that would clearly push me to run for president.
13. He participates in the appointments of the Archbishop of Strasbourg and the Bishop of Metz
A somewhat strange religious power in a secular country. It is a right that actually dates back to the 19th century: in 1871, Alsace-Moselle was annexed by the German Empire and was therefore not affected by the law of 1905 (separation of the Church and State. A date to master for your baccalaureate and your patent, little friends!). Once reintegrated into France, the territory remained under the Concordat regime. In the latter, and since 1801, the state controls the representatives of the Church.
Well, being president right now also means having to deal with a fucking global pandemic or a war a few thousand miles away. Less fun than riding in a cathedral, though. Once the mandate is over, the former presidents only have their eyes to mourn. NOOOOOOOOO I’M RIDING. They still have pretty phew benefits, for life. What to put the daronne at the shelter.