French president to host electro dance party at Elysée Palace

Hundreds of electronic music fans will be treated to a rare concert in the opulent courtyard of the presidential Elysée Palace on Thursday, part of France's Day of Music festival.

French president to host electro dance party at Elysée Palace
The 1,500-strong crowd will not be quite as large as that at this Kavinsky concert in 2014. Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP
More than 1,500 free tickets were quickly snapped up on a first come, first served basis by signing up on the Elysée website.
The office of President Emmanuel Macron has not confirmed if he and his wife Brigitte will make an appearance during the four-hour show at his official residence.
But the first couple did appear during a surprise Elysée performance for the music day last year by the orchestra of France's Republican Guard.
Although Macron is not the first president to hold concerts at the presidency, his predecessors including Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterrand made them invitation-only.
This will also be the first electronic music show, featuring two artists known for exporting the “French Touch” sound: the DJs Kavinsky and Pedro Winter, who performs as Busy P.
Kavinsky achieved wide recognition with “Nightcall”, a hit on the soundtrack to the 2011 film “Drive”.
Winter, the longtime former manager of Daft Punk, is also the founder of the Ed Banger label, whose artists have included house music acts Justice and Sebastian. They will perform alongside younger artists Chloe, Cezaire and Kiddy Smile.

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From gilt to grey, Paris Elysee hall gets subdued makeover

The most prestigious room in France's grand presidential palace has toned down the gold in favour of a subtle palette of grey after a months-long renovation that was unveiled to the public Friday.

From gilt to grey, Paris Elysee hall gets subdued makeover
Photo: AFP

Out are the regal red carpets and elaborate tasselled tapestries which lined the walls of the Elysee Palace's main reception hall, some of which had hung there for the past 40 years.

In their place are subdued dove grey carpets and curtains embroidered with leaf motifs, against walls bearing the superimposed Rs and Fs of the French Republic.

President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, have made no secret of their desire to update the Elysee, bringing in modern artworks from Pierre Alechinsky, Robert Delauney and Nicolas de Stael to mirror their more progressive tastes.

The 1,000 square meter reception hall, called the Salle des Fetes, is where Macron hosts some 160 state dinners, receptions and other events each year.

The hall, which was inaugurated in 1889, had been closed since November as part of a renovation which cost 500,000 euros — a price tag likely to raise eyebrows at a time when Macron is facing virulent street protests over high cost of living.

The former investment banker has struggled to shake off the label of “president of the rich” coined by critics early on over his tax cuts for business and wealthy investors.

He famously told an unemployed gardener in September he only had to “cross the road” to find work.

The following month he told a retiree complaining about tax hikes on pensions that the French “did not realise the luck they have” and they should stop complaining.

The government argues the restoration work is necessary — the Elysee palace building dates from the early 18th century — after being put off for years, and points to its launch of a new collection of Elysee-branded memorabilia to help defray the costs.

“We take the responsibility of conserving these historic monuments very seriously… while also taking into account the limits on our public spending,” an Elysee official said.

The hall is intended to be “a showcase of French excellence and craftsmanship”, the official said.

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