President’s choice of dinner service criticised as he pushes through economic overhaul

With some of their crockery dating back to the time of President René Coty in the 1950s, France’s first couple badly needed a dinner service that “corresponded better to the present day”, the Élysée let it be known.

So Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron ordered a new set of 900 dinner plates and 300 side plates, designed by the artist Evariste Richer, from the famous Manufacture de Sèvres, suppliers of fine porcelain to the presidential palace since 1848.

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