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Theatre director rams car into French president's palace

The Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President. Credit: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

An Italian theatre director who was unhappy with the French government's funding cuts to the arts has rammed a car into the rear gates of the French presidential palace.

State officials said the 67-year-old man was arrested as he attempted to force his way through the gate that leads to the palace gardens.

The man was protesting against cuts in subsidies to his small Parisian theatre, the Italian Comedy, a police source said.

The man was injured in the collision and is being held in custody at a Parisian hospital, the source said.