Macrons want swimming pool installed at historic presidential retreat

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte want a private swimming pool to be built at the historic presidential retreat Fort de Brégançon which lies on an island just off the south coast of France.

Macrons want swimming pool installed at historic presidential retreat
Fort de Brégançon Photo: AFP
Macron certainly doesn't seem too concerned about shaking off his image as a “president of the rich”. 
The presidential couple have commissioned a study into the construction of an above-ground swimming pool at the fort, located on small island off the French Mediterranean coast in the Var department. 
The study will look into the rules governing building at the site, which is classified as a historical monument, as well as technical and financial issues. 
The presidential couple are hoping the pool can be built in a way that will protect their privacy against the prying eyes of the paparazzi and holidaymakers on the nearby beach. 
The view of Fort de Brégançon from the beach. Photo: AFP
So far, the cost of this work has not yet been determined but the Elysee has reported that the initial figures quoted are “reasonable”, with the total cost of this development to be included in the €150,000 that the palace puts aside each year for the maintenance of Fort de Brégançon. 
It seems, according to initial reports that the Macrons would prefer to construct an above-ground pool “because it is impossible to dig a pool” at the fort.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (L) in a golf cart at the Fort de Bregancon. Photo: AFP
And if the plans go ahead, it could be ready as early as this year's summer holiday however they first have to be given the greenlight by the architects responsible for national buildings. 
Fort de Brégançon has been the presidential holiday resort since Charles de Gaulle first stayed there in the 1960s. 
Macron, who has announced that he and his wife will follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and holiday at the fort during his presidency, has already requested some refurbishments and maintenance work to be carried out at the resort, according to a book on the history of the fort by Guillaume Daret.

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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.