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Early Birds Catch a Glimpse of President Sarkozy

If you were an early bird for Heritage Days this past Saturday, and arrived in time at the Elysee Palace doorstep, you may have been one of the visitors to have met President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni – in person – just before they jetted off to the Big Apple for a meeting at the United Nations. In the first day of the Heritage Day weekend, 10,000 visitors chose the Elysee Palace as part of their day of free peeks at public buildings.

Not only were a vast array of museums, artist studios and governmental buildings opened up the public for a free look at those luxurious interiors that most of us rarely see, but the tenth annual Techno parade brought the party to the streets.

The reports on the numbers of participants vary – depending on who states the statistics – organizers quote 400,000 participants – and the police have quoted 80,000.

According to Le Parisien, this year’s Techno parade was the occasion for culture minister Christine Albanel to decorate two techno notables, Martin Solveig and Antoine Baduel, chairmen of FG DJ Radio. They received the Arts & Letters Medal (known as the ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres) The award was received to the sounds of ‘Hymn of Joy’ a Beethoven remix produced by Somethingalamode (SAM).