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The French presidential cars since 2017 - English Version

 

 

The French Presidential Cars
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DS7 Crossback Presidential 2022 in the courtyard of the Elysée Palace   
On July 14, 2022, a new French presidential car could be seen: the DS7

Wheels of the DS7 Crossback Presidential 2022 in the courtyard of the Elysée Palace  
As on the previous models, small details indicate that this is a Presidential car.
 
 
Detail on the wheel of the DS7 Crossback Presidential 2022  
These little details give it a singular air.

DS7 Crossback Presidential 2022 leaving the Presidential Palace of the Elysée in Paris  
Here is the 2022 DS7 Presidential seen from behind with the President of the French Republic leaving for the beginning of the Review of the troops.
 
DS7 Crossback Presidential 2022
This presidential model is 22 cm longer than the classic DS7 sold to individuals.

 DS9 2021
It was thought that the President of the French Republic would be on board a DS9 to travel on July 14, 2021, the French National Day, but the car being assembled exclusively in China, the idea was discarded and the President moved on board a DS7 Crossback which is assembled in France.


DS7 Crossback Presidential 2021 in the courtyard of the Elysee   
These new models with cars made in France show the French know-how.

D7 Crossback Presidential in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace during open house in 2019
Since the inauguration of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel MACRON in 2017, French manufacturers have offered these special vehicles as here the previous 2019 DS 7 CROSSBACK Presidential convertible.
 

 

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Inauguration day of the French President in 2017 
Indeed, during moments like inauguration days, French Presidents have always moved in a way to greet the crowd.
 
Inauguration Day of the French President in 2017
This unique model, which will only be used in rare exceptions because of the sunroof, too risky in case of terrorist attack during travel, allows the manufacturer to show its expertise.
 
DS Showroom Paris
This model is on display in the DS showroom on the Champs Elysées in Paris.
 
 This has however allowed the brand to equip French ambassadors in many embassies around the world as here with the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom,
 
Car of the French ambassador to Japan driving in a street of Tokyo
or here with the car of the French Ambassador to Japan. It is a means of advertising and presentation of these vehicles abroad.
 
Many details are put on this car as here on the front grill,
 
or here on different places in and on the car.   
 
The French Presidential 5008 in the courtyard of the Elysée,the French Presidential House 
PEUGEOT proposed this 5008 presidential model and which was armored by the preparer CENTIGON.
 

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Presidential motorcade near the Elysee Palace during the 14th of July 2017
The President of the French Republic uses it during ceremonies as here during the National Day of July 14 in 2017.


Presidential motorcade near the Elysee Palace during the 14th of July 2017
This vehicle is equipped with bulletproof glass, armor against gunfire or explosions as well as tires that allow it to roll even if they have been hit.

  Peugeot 5008 exiting a French government building
The Peugeot 5008 is one of the successes of the Lion brand and also shows, during the trips of the French President of the Republic, the French know-how.


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  Peugeot 5008 in the courtyard of the Elysée
It is currently used regularly in his travels.
 
This model also has small personalized touches indicating that it is a French presidential car 



French Renault Espace Presidential
Another model that recently arrived in the French presidential fleet is the Presidential Renault Espace
 
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French Renault Espace Presidential 
This model that appeared in 2019 is a more spacious vehicle than the Peugeot 5008 Presidential.


French Renault Espace Presidential
 Also fully armored, it is used when the French President travels both in France and abroad.

It also has personalized keys to indicate that it is a presidential vehicle.
 



French Renault Vel Satis Presidential  
The Renault Vel Satis Presidential delivered under the French presidency of President Sarkosy is still in use as can be seen on the video below dated March 12, 2020.
 
DS7 Crossback Elysée 2021 
At the end of 2021, a new DS7 Crossback Elysée Presidential arrived.
 
DS7 Crossback Elysée 2021 
In addition to its wheelbase extended by 20 cm, small decorative touches have been put.
 
DS7 Crossback Elysée 2021 
Like here on the grille, with the tricolor flag.
 
DS7 Crossback Elysée 2021 
Fully armored, it is the DS7 Crossback E-Tense 4X4 300 model that has been chosen.
 
 DS7 Crossback Elysée 2021 
This vehicle also has a hybrid motorization that allows to drive 50 kilometers in full-electric.
 
Descent of the Champs Elysées of President Emmanuel MACRON during the 14/07/2018

You may have noticed a large number of motorcyclists during the movements of presidential cars and this, from 1935. The reason is an immediate protection against the risk of a terrorist act or of an unbalanced person who would approach the Presidential Car. In fact, the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in FRANCE, in the city of MARSEILLE, on October 09, 1934, showed the risk of bad protections around the Car.

 

Departure of the car of King Alexander 1st of Yugoslavia in the streets of Marseille on 09/10/1934

Back on this assassination to understand:

It was agreed that King Alexander 1st of Yugoslavia parade, before leaving by train to PARIS, in several streets of MARSEILLE, on board a car with the back opened to be seen by the crowd, but also by the reporters, photographers and cameramen.


Departure of the car of King Alexander 1st of Yugoslavia in the streets of Marseille on 09/10/1934

Initially planned with an escort of policemen on bicycles around the car, it was decided that two officers, with clear swords, would escort the car...

 

Departure of the car of King Alexander 1st of Yugoslavia in the streets of Marseille on 09/10/1934

But hardly had he gone 200 meters, when a man came out of the crowd and fired a dozen bullets inside the King's Car killing him on the spot and mortally wounding the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Louis BARTHOU.

 

Shooter on the running board of the car of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia

When the cameramen are filming, the shooter has already fired. The officer on horseback on the right will arrive too late. Only the driver of the car on the right will have time to hold the shooter from inside the car as can be seen on this picture...

 

Shooter on the running board of the car of King Alexander 1st of Yugoslavia

The officer will still shoot the gunman.

 

Shooter on the running board of the car of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia

Before the policemen stop him.

 

Departure of the car of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia after the shooting

But it was too late. Armed with a MAUSER semi-automatic pistol of 10 shots, this one allowed the assailant to shoot in burst in the car...

 

King Alexander 1st of Yugoslavia in the foreground and the Minister Louis BARTHOU

At that time, there were important risks of attack against this King...

Several mistakes were made:

1- A convertible car was easier for a killer to aim at his target

2- The windows of the car were lowered, which allowed the assailant to climb on the running board of the car and to spray the back of the car with his 10-shot pistol more easily...

3- Twelve police cyclists were supposed to surround the car and were replaced by two officers on horseback...

 

Here is a video of the time presenting this drama.

 

 Presidential Citroën DS 21 during a July 14th, early 70's
The principle of the motorized escort is to create a protective bubble which allows to adapt the speed of the motorcycle of escort to avoid any intrusion of a pedestrian in contact with the escorted car and thus to make a rampart between the aggressor and the VIP.  
 
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The threat can, for several years, arrive from the air with one or more drones, as seen above in this video during a speech by a Venezuelan president in 2018.
For this measures are taken in advance with jammers and observers.

 

Anti-drone fight
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