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Hollande’s bodyguards forget guns on Rio trip

Clea Caulcutt · 27 Jun 2012, 10:51

Published: 27 Jun 2012 13:57 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Jun 2012 10:51 GMT+02:00

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French President François Hollande’s absent-minded bodyguards left their charge with less protection than usual on his recent trip to a climate conference in Brazil after leaving their guns in France.

The presidential bodyguards realised they had forgotten their guns on arrival at Rio de Janeiro Airport, French satirical Le Canard Enchainé revealed. 

The elite GSPR unit which protects the French president normally travels with a secured briefcase that contains a set of guns. But when they sought to present the weapons to customs officials, they couldn’t find them. It turned out they had left them at the Elysée Palace in Paris. 

The bodyguard in charge of the weapons was fired from the unit because he reportedly tried to blame the neglect on somebody else.

Le Canard Enchainé reports that Hollande’s protection during the climate conference in Brazil was "bare-handed". 

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While Hollande enjoyed minimal protection in Brazil, former president Nicolas Sarkozy was being royally protected. French weekly Paris Match reports he has been allocated 10 police officers to provide security for him.

Clea Caulcutt (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-06-30 05:29:26 by stablemate77
well hollande is more friendly looking than sarko.....to the world....glad the guy that forgot the guns got fired... one should not misplace baggage for flight
2012-06-28 04:29:22 by Eric
They were just being "politically correct". Since this conference has nothing to do with science but a political scheme to extort money from poor people in rich countries and give the money to elitist in poor countries.
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