François Hollande will leave the Elysee with Philae, his labrador
Two years ago, Francois Hollande received a very nice Christmas gift from the French Federation of Veterans in Montreal: a black lab of two and a half months to whom he gave the sweet name of Philae. If the President has received nearly 2,500 gifts (more or less bulky) during his term, he is determined not to leave his companion on all fours behind him when he leaves the Elysee.
Since Valery Giscard d’Estaing , all presidents have owned a Labrador . Baltic, the dog of François Mitterrand , even had the honor of being the “author” of four books on years of presidency of his illustrious master and was also the heroine of a song by Renaud. Philae has meanwhile joined Francois Hollande two years ago and immediately found its way to the Elysee . The President chose this name in homage to the European probe that had landed on 12 November 2014 on the surface of the comet Churioumov-Guerassimenko. An adviser to François Hollande has entrusted the time that the name was ” both beautiful and symbolic, positive memory of French and European feat that marked the year .” Out of question therefore for the President to separate from his faithful companion. His entourage confirmed the Parisien: ” He is attached to it and cares, sometimes seen to walk in the garden of the Elysee ,” adding that Hollande had indeed ” the intention of the take with him ” . It is indeed easier for the head of state to envisage a common life with Philaé than with the two horses offered by the Algerian President Bouteflika in 2012 and especially the dromedary received in 2013 by the inhabitants of Timbuktu Mali).