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  • Location: Paris, France

The President’s Hat

The President’s Hat

Why a Booktrail?

1986: Never underestimate the power of a good hat

  • ISBN: 978-1908313478
  • Translator: Gallic Books
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him.

After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand’s black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments’ soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It’s a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow . . . different.

Has Daniel unwittingly discovered the secret of supreme power?

Travel Guide


The novel came out in France on the eve of the presidential elections in which Francois Hollands became the second socialist President of the Republic, following Mitterand
The author mentions in her author note that much has changed between this two presidencies in the way politicians present themselves. It’s becoming less and less common she noted to find political figures who stand out from the crowd.

The story takes place in a very different France to that of today – people communicate with Minitel, Canal + and where CDs and answerphones were just coming into play. What would the story of the hat been like in the modern world? Not as magical probably.

Take this book on walk around Paris and hope you find your own President’s Hat!

Streetview Maps

A) France - Paris - Gare St Lazare
C) France - Paris - Élysée Palace

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The President’s Hat

Destination: Paris, France  Author/Guide: Antoine Laurain   Departure Time: 1986

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