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December 2014
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Official visits are always last minute

The Golden Book, The Résidence Tunis © Cécile Sepulchre

For Jacques Chirac, his comments were vigorous and easy, and deliberately underlined. And besides his reside the more retiring words of Bernadette and Maryvonne Pinault. More reserved, Nelson Mandela made do with a simple discrete signature, dated 26th March 2004. This relic occupies an entire page in the book. Between Kofi Annan and Albert de Monaco, Stéphane Hessel thanks the hotel for a magnificent evening. Hilary Clinton simply signed in a typed font, marvelling at the glorious sea-view from her suite. “We scarcely saw her. She was constantly running from one meeting to the next, like most politicians. Official visits are always last minute”, regrets one of the spa’s masseuses. In contrast, Philippe Séguin was one of the regulars that loved to come to pamper himself. A loyal guest until the end, he stayed at the hotel just a fortnight before his death. And then, another word from Hilary Clinton, this time written by hand. The American politician spent another visit just a month later. Always on the move…

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