France’s Republican Guard ‘too costly’, watchdog rules

Cour des Comptes says guard, which protects president and his palace, is too expensive and would be unable to resist a terrorist attack in Paris.

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The Garde Républicaine has been standing guard outside the presidential palace ever since the founding of the French republic. But today, it provides more pomp and circumstance than protection to merit its outsized budget, France’s spending watchdog has ruled, reports France 24.