Former French presidents cost taxpayers more than $US11 million each year to pay for apartments, vehicles, travel and phone expenses, according to a report released by French media outlet Mediapart.
The report said that each former head of state receives more than $US70,000 in addition to a furnished apartment, personal car and chauffeurs, domestic assistants, and free travel by trains and aircraft.
Nicolas Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012 and has announced he is a candidate for the office in 2017 election, received nearly $US250,000 from taxpayers for his posh Paris apartment, as well as phone lines and vehicle expenses. Sarkozy also reportedly received $US400,000 in taxpayer money to pay staff salaries.
Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who was president from 1974 to 1981, reportedly receives around $US300,000 in taxpayers expenses per year to cover his apartment, petrol and press subscriptions.