French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for the tradition of “presidential hunts” to be revived. This in the face of increasing public support for a ban on hunting with hounds. Presidential hunts were abolished in 2010 by then President Nicholas Sarkozy.
One a useful asset in French diplomacy, according to Macron, presidential hunting parties were arranged for visiting world leaders to experience a part of French culture. With almost four hundred registered hunts—more than any other nation—stag and deer hunting still flourishes in France.
“I will be the president who develops hunting,” Macron told a recent meeting of the French Hunters’ Federation, according to David Chazan, writing for The Telegraph.
Presidential hunts grew out of the royal hunts introduced in the late sixteenth century by King Francois I. The hunts were held on the grounds of the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley and in other stately homes.
While a recent poll determined that eighty-four percent of citizens were in favor of a hunting ban as introduced by a far-left politician, an actual ban is deemed unlikely.
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Posted April 3, 2018