It is a conundrum that has plagued many a French president: how to take a holiday without being accused of falling asleep at the wheel of the nation.

Emmanuel Macron believes he cracked the compromise between presidential work and play by turning an old fortress on the Riviera into France’s Camp David.

The Fort de Brégançon, where Mr Macron is hosting Theresa May to discuss her Chequers plan for Brexit on Friday, is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean and Porquerolles islands, with its own helipad and private beach surrounded by vineyards.

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The Prime Minister will be the first foreign dignitary to visit Mr Macron at his “summer Elysée”.

A military fortress for centuries, Charles…

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