An intruder managed to get within meters of Emmanuel Macron’s office after sneaking past guards at the Elysee Palace.
The astounding security breach at the French President’s official residence was uncovered by Le Canard enchaîné magazine.
According to the publication, the 26-year-old suspect was able to wander the halls before being discovered and arrested on September 28.
The bizarre event has left palace security and French police stunned at how he got into the palace and so close to Macron’s office.
The sprawling 18th-century Elysée Palace in Paris’ 8th arrondissement consists of over 365 rooms, two hectares of gardens and around 180 soldiers patrolling the grounds around the clock.
French authorities believe the intruder slipped past security during the Republican Guard rotation and somehow crossed the courtyard undetected.
A tremendous achievement given the alarmingly high level of security.
French officials say Macron was not in his office at the time of the burglary but was attending a meeting in another wing of the Paris mansion.
If prosecuted by French police, the mysterious mansion intruder risks up to a year in prison and a €15,000 (£12,935) fine.
However, this isn’t the first time a mysterious person has attempted to break through palace security.
In 2012, a gunman attempted to break into the residence of then-French President Francois Hollande.
However, he was quickly thwarted by French authorities and arrested at the gates.
The threat was low as Mr Hollande was not in the house at the time and the gun was later revealed to be a replica.
News of that September dip emerged amid Macron’s three-day state visit to Washington — the first official visit of the Biden presidency.
After a somewhat conflicted relationship between the two old allies, the countries have forged closer ties of late.
As the war in Ukraine rages on and China’s aggressiveness escalates, elements of the two nations’ diplomatic ambitions have become more aligned.
Far from thoughts of the odd palace intruder, the French President’s thoughts will likely focus on ending the war in Ukraine, strengthening France’s nuclear industry and the impact of Biden’s inflation-reducing law on EU competitiveness in the US – market research.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6805823/intruder-elysee-palace-macron-security-blunder/ Mystery man breaks into Elysee Palace and gets to FEET within President Macron’s office in huge security blunder