Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have been spending more than £660 ( $1,084) a day on flowers.
The extraordinary sum was revealed in a public audit which comes in the middle of the worst recession for decades.
The couple also used taxpayers' money to settle £3,000 of fines for late payment of electricity and gas bills.
But it is their annual payments to florists to supply the Elysee Palace which has caused the most astonishment. More...