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New French president picks a hybrid
France's new president François Hollande chose a Citroën DS5 as his official car, following in the footsteps of predecessors such as René Coty (Citroën Traction Avant), Charles de Gaulle (Citroën DS), Georges Pompidou (Citroën SM), and Jacques Chirac (Citroën CX).

Photo: Citroën

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy owned a Citroën C6 but preferred to drive around in a Renault Vel Satis.

Equipped with the Hybrid4 technology, which combines a diesel engine with an electric motor, the 200-hp DS5 has a fuel consumptionrating of 3.8L/100km and CO2 emission levels of 99 g/km. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 191 km/h.

In case you're wondering, US President Barack Obama travels in a Cadillac One, while Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper often uses the Governor General's Cadillac DTS. The UK's David Cameron opted for a lavish Jaguar XJ, while Italy's Giorgio Napolitano picked a Lancia Thema (his controversial predecessor, Sylvio Berlusconi, had a more prestigious Maserati Quattroporte).

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