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French President to Sell 1,200 Wine Bottles Amid Belt Tightening

French President Francois Hollande, who unlike his predecessor enjoys good wine, is selling off a 10th of the Elysee Palace’s cellar to raise funds.

The 1,200 bottles, which range in estimated price from 15 euros to 2,200 euros ($2,900) for a Petrus 1990, will be put up for sale tonight and tomorrow at Hotel de Drouot by auction house Kapandji-Morhange. The estimates of the lots add up to 250,000 euros, or an average of about 208 euros a bottle.