The Élysée Palace shows the traces of its 300-year history, and its walls are marked with the seals of its inhabitants. The Salon Napoleon III is full of this layered history: in the corners of the ceiling, imperial eagles appear alongside the “RF” (French Republic) monograph, surrounded by branches of olive and oak. The Republic’s symbol joined the symbols of the Empire, without erasing them.

Recently, a new period – ours – has marked the walls of Salon Napoleon III: the red draperies have been taken down and restored, and replaced with 21st century decoration. The room has evolved, adapting to contemporary tastes, but holds the memory of our predecessors.

Napoleon III Room © Présidence de la République

Virtual tour of the Elysée Palace

Updated : 15 December 2022