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Wedding crasher at Versailles Palace

Matthew Warren · 5 Jun 2012, 09:00

Published: 05 Jun 2012 09:00 GMT+02:00

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An angry wedding chauffeur took his rage out on the ornate gates of the historic Chateau de Versailles after he was told he could not drive the bride and groom in for some scenic photographs.

Regional newspaper Midi Libre reported that security guards told the newly married couple they could not enter the grounds for the photographs on Saturday evening.

An argument broke out between the couple's chauffeur and the guards.

Things escalated when the chauffeur jumped back in the Porsche he was driving and drove it into the gates.

Another fight followed that and punches were thrown.

The chauffeur and three other vehicles then made a quick getaway from the scene.

Damage to the gates has been estimated at 20,000 euros ($25,000). It is not known how much damage was done to the Porsche.

Police caught up with the 23-year-old shortly afterwards in Saint-Cyr-L'Ecole, a nearby suburb. He will appear before magistrates.

The Chateau de Versailles was once the centre of political power in France. It lies 20 kilometres to the west of Paris and was the home of the French royal family from 1682 until the revolution in 1879.


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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