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Sarkozy splashes ?10k a day on food and owns 121 cars

London, Mon, 06 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Jan 6 (ANI): France President Nicolas Sarkozy spends 10,000 pounds a day on food and keeps 121 cars under his Elysee Palace, a new book has claimed.


In the book titled L'argent de l'Etat (Money from the State), socialist MP Rene Dosiere describes what he sees as extraordinary excesses by the French President and accuses Sarkozy of "ignoring the most elementary principles of the separation between private and public accounts," the Daily Mail reported.


Sarkozy, whose palace budget exceeds that of the Queen, recently stated that there will be a "rupture" with his past money-splurging ways and more transparency.e has cancelled the annual 500,000 pounds palace garden party, but this doesn't go far enough, according to Dosiere.


Just last week he sent a medical team to the Ukraine on board a state-owned private jet to attend to one of his sons, Pierre, and fly him back to Paris at the expense of 22,000 pounds.


His fleet of cars is double the size of predecessor Jacques Chirac's and cost, annually, 100,000 pounds to insure and a whopping 275,000 pounds to fuel.hen there are his huge travel costs.


Dosiere claims Sarkozy uses an Airbus A330 - dubbed Air Sarko One - that drained the public purse of 215 million pounds to kit out, which is accompanied by a delegation of 300 people on trips abroad and travels more often than previous presidents.


Recent excursions include an 80-mile trip to Saint-Quentin, from Paris, that cost 350,000 pounds, a 109,000-pound sortie to the Lascaux caves with Bruni and a two-and-a-half-hour trip to Ain that cost 700 pounds a minute, according to Dosiere.


Further the author wrote that the president never seems to linger anywhere to meet locals and absorb their culture.


'Mitterrand and Chirac knew how to take their time admiring a landscape, meeting people, interesting themselves in the history of the host country, Sarkozy behaves like a man in a hurry,' complains Dosiere.


The French people also chip in for a thousand pounds worth of daily newspapers and Sarkozy's 'house' wine, the red option being a 160 pounds bottle of Crozes-Hermitage, which guests use to wash down foods such as lobster carpaccio and calves cheeks.


His total annual expenditure comes to 95million pounds -the figures that make you giddy - says Dosiere. (ANI)


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