Sarko: No more free lunch

In contrast with his predecessor, whose food bills exceeded $700/day on average between 1988 and 1995, Sarko’s now saying adieu to the free lunch:

Sarkozy Takes Free Lunch Off Elysee Menu to Cut ‘Royal’ Costs

For the first time since French presidents moved into the mansion off Paris’s Champs Elysees in 1874, senior staff members have to pay for midday meals — 8 euros ($10.56) for a three- course repast delivered by white-jacketed waiters.

It’s part of an effort by the debt-laden government to rein in the president’s expenses. The Elysee has produced its first budget as the 54-year-old leader trims overhead. Sarkozy, who has sparked strikes for plans to reduce the civil service, says he hopes to set an example for a more frugal era of government.

Cheaper champagne, too:

Journalists on Sarkozy’s flights are now served a complimentary glass of Piper Heidseck champagne, which retails at 30 euros a bottle, instead of the 156 euro per bottle Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle.

If he included bloggers, we’d be happy with a bottle of Michelob Light.

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One Response to “Sarko: No more free lunch”

  1. Anthony (Los Angeles) Says:

    If he included bloggers, we’d be happy with a bottle of Michelob Light.

    Please! I have my standards. Ripple, the 4PM vintage, or nothing.