The staggering perks paid to France's former presidents and prime ministers


Mediapart has gained access to a detailed account of the annual payments made to former French presidents and prime ministers in a lifelong system of perks and privileges that beggars belief. With items ranging from newspaper and dry-cleaning costs to the payment of staff, offices and vehicles, the country’s three surviving former heads of state cost the taxpayer a yearly 6.2 million euros. Former prime ministers, meanwhile, receive tens of thousands of euros annually for staff and vehicles, including one who left office 25 years ago. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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The lifelong perks and privileges granted to former French presidents and ex-prime ministers cost the French taxpayer millions of euros every year in a system that has, until now, remained largely confidential.