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    Hollande has decided to be driven to his inauguration in a DS5 hybrid.
    Citroën are going to feature him and the car in future publicity.
    Vive la République!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    Hollande has decided to be driven to his inauguration in a DS5 hybrid.
    Citroën are going to feature him and the car in future publicity.
    Vive la République!
    I thought from the title that THE Presidential DS was to be exhumed!
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    Default Vive la République!

    How is the mood of the Republique now that it has taken a left turn?

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    Gerry,

    You will have to post some pics when it happens.

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    I'd demand something decent to ride in be pulled out of retirement
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    Lets hope some right wing extremist shoots out the tyres.

    Be interesting if Hollande can do a De Gaulle.

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    More details of the planning are emerging. PSA are working over the weekend to prepare one car with an open roof and another standard one, if the weather is not so good. The batteries will be well charged in advance and in spite of four passengers, they intend to drive without the rapid acceleration that starts the diesel and so roll the distance in silence. Hollande will be the first Président to ride with zero emissions and so show his green credentials!
    What they are doing in terms of security protection is naturally not being revealed.
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    This all bodes well by the sounds of it Gerry. I am very excited about the left turn in France myself. Finally some politics with no fear mongering and blame games. How well did French Greens go though? I cant seem to work that out?

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    First pics from Paris...
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    And another one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emissary View Post
    First pics from Paris...
    Quote Originally Posted by Emissary View Post
    And another one...
    Good stuff, thanks for the pics history in the making - and nicely back on topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    Good stuff, thanks for the pics history in the making - and nicely back on topic

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    Looks like a lump of merde even compared to the C6. I bet it even has bouncy crashy poogoe suspension under it too

    I'd be demanding they drag a proper car out of the museums if I was him

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    Agree with Shane, the C6 is the more elegant and therefore more suitable for such an event. The DS 5 would be just the vehicle for the Brownlow (Booblow) count.
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    The day was one.of symbolic gestures reflecting the themes of this Presidency. Support for industry and employment is the highest priority and it is a tough call IMHO. Selling the DS5 is more appropriate than exhibiting museum pieces.
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    Symbolic: Sarko in the superseded model, Hollande in the new one.

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    tres chic, yes he should get around in one and make all the gas guzzlers feel nervous. Something to do with the future now?

    He should wear a silver Phantom outfit and ride an esolex, that would nail the message down!

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    There is no message to nail down. The population at large in France accepts the need for lower pollution and their pockets tell them that fuel economy is a must. It is not a subject of political discussion at all. We have a carbon tax and very few industrial polluters to play a lobbying game.

    The immediate future for PSA lies in the sucess of the higher margin vehicles in the DS range and the 208.

    The political role of the Greens is a naive attack on the nuclear power production. It is a problem because it is economic suicide and Hollande has to do otherwise. However, he was elected by a narrow majority, a part of which came from the redirection of the Green vote and they expect a payback. I am very happy to discuss French and European politics, but not on the car forum pages.
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    I'd buy an SM or DS .... Maybe even a CX prestige. Nothing like showing what you think of the current offerings ... by simply not buying them Give us a GS like vehicle if it must be small. I'm sure if you look under the C4 for example, it has axles welded straight to the body with no suspension.

    get rid of the crap suspension, garbage over assisted brakes, stink dispensers and give us something decent that we'll want to own.

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    That folding top looks like they borrowed the curtains from the staff canteen.

    The C6 is effectively finished, certainly with RHD, so it's not the one to be 'selling'. The DS5 is a good choice for that purpose.

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    That is about right. They made the top in a very short term project over the weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    I'd buy an SM or DS .... Maybe even a CX prestige. Nothing like showing what you think of the current offerings ... by simply not buying them Give us a GS like vehicle if it must be small. I'm sure if you look under the C4 for example, it has axles welded straight to the body with no suspension.

    get rid of the crap suspension, garbage over assisted brakes, stink dispensers and give us something decent that we'll want to own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    There is no message to nail down. The population at large in France accepts the need for lower pollution and their pockets tell them that fuel economy is a must. It is not a subject of political discussion at all. We have a carbon tax and very few industrial polluters to play a lobbying game.

    The immediate future for PSA lies in the sucess of the higher margin vehicles in the DS range and the 208.

    The political role of the Greens is a naive attack on the nuclear power production. It is a problem because it is economic suicide and Hollande has to do otherwise. However, he was elected by a narrow majority, a part of which came from the redirection of the Green vote and they expect a payback. I am very happy to discuss French and European politics, but not on the car forum pages.
    Ah well, Locomotion it will have to be!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    I am very happy to discuss French and European politics, but not on the car forum pages.
    Didn't you just do that?

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