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Citroen C_42: a retrospective exhibition of presidential Citroen

While the French will soon be called to the polls on C_42 unveils its new season 'CITROEN VOTE!. 9 March until mid-June, the international showcase for Citroen on the Champs-Elysees, invites the public to elect their favorite CITROEN and offers a retrospective exhibition of presidential CITROEN: Traction Before Rene Coty has C6 of the current president, through the DS of Charles de Gaulle. With this new season, C_42 and made a blink of an eye decale has actuality!

A little history about the presidential Citroen exposed

It all began in 1954 with Rene Coty. Two copies of the Citroen Traction 15/6 H Limousine are manufactured for the French President with a hydropneumatic suspension and additional heating providing better comfort for long trips.

User CITROEN TRACTION 15CV and 11 in 40-50 years, Charles de Gaulle renewed his confidence Brand at the launch of the DS CITROEN and adopted immediately. Desiring to get up to greet the crowd, he had to find a solution, found with the first CITROEN DS equipped with electric canvas roof that was folded during the arrival of the President in a city.

In 1971, for the new presidential vehicle, Georges Pompidou ordered a specific version of the Citroen SM lengthened discoverable, made by Henri Chapron and bodybuilder with a gearbox and a specific cooling system to run on it. Thereafter, this car will also be used by the Presidents Giscard d'Estaing, Mitterrand and Chirac during parades.

In 1995, in his own Citroen CX Prestige Jacques Chirac has made his first public path, leaving the city of Paris on the evening of his election to the Presidency of the Republic. Just as the French President, Michel Rocard and Edouard Balladur have also uses Citroen CX Prestige immersion CALLED High Protection, which were equipped with a double steel interior and Kevlar ice 40 mm, anti floor grenade and anti-cravaison tires.

Citroen C6, for that she was unveiled for the first time to the public July 14, 2005 during the military parade on the Champs-Elysees. She carried Jacques Chirac then President of the Republic. It was the model officially uses current President Nicola Sarkozy french for all the trips until 14 July 2008. Today it is mainly used for his travels in the provinces.

With the new season, C_42 invites the public to discover many other anecdotes that relate to the mythical Citroen who conveyed the heads of state, with photos and videos of historical archives. Among other things, the public will discover in 1961, aboard a Citroen DS19 Charles de Gaulle and the American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy went up the Champs Elysees to bow at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is also thanks to a Citroen DS Charles de Gaulle pulled free from the attack of Petit Clamart in 1962 ...


C_42, the international showcase of the brand, is one of the most prestigious avenues in the world, the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Open since 2007 in its current form, the C_42 is a place of exchanges and meetings between the brand and the general public. Over the seasons, the visitor discovers the actuality Citroen through thematic exhibitions featuring cars and technologies of the brand. C_42 receives on average each year 1.5 million visitors.

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