French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Nowhere is fashion a bigger business than in France – and President Emmanuel Macron intends to keep it that way. Designers ranging from France's Jean-Paul Gaultier to Lebanon's Elie Saab descended on the Elysee Palace for dinner Monday, as Macron sought to further boost one of the country's most profitable sectors with an appeal to brands from far and wide.Late French Socialist President Francois Mitterrand had also championed fashion at glitzy Elysee dinners in the 1980s, though they later petered out.Paris already lures more international designers to its fashion weeks than others, with half the brands on show from overseas compared to 13 percent in runner-up Milan, according to Pascal Morand, head of France's haute couture federation.
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