Macron cronies vie for life of a monarch at the Château de Versailles


The office of president of the former royal palace and its estate, a museum visited by nearly 20 million people per year and a venue for grand state occasions, built by Louis XIV and which has 1,000 staff, is one of the most desirable of dozens of prestigious posts that the French president can gift to those who have pleased him.

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President Macron is expected to hand the keys of the Château de Versailles, France’s most glittering cultural jewel, to a little qualified former minister — fuelling charges that, monarch-like, he is showering favours on former members of his administration, reports The Times.