Hidden underground world below French president put on view

FILE  In this Oct. 31 2013 file photo, Guillaume Gomez, the head chef at the Elysee Palace, poses for photographers in the kitchens at the Elysee Pala

FILE In this Oct. 31 2013 file photo, Guillaume Gomez, the head chef at the Elysee Palace, poses for photographers in the kitchens at the Elysee Pala

In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo, a florist prepares flowers in the flower atelier of the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. The French presid

In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo, a florist prepares flowers in the flower atelier of the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. The French presid

FILE  In this Oct. 31 2013 file photo, Guillaume Gomez, the head chef at the Elysee Palace, poses for photographers in the kitchens at the Elysee Pala

FILE In this Oct. 31 2013 file photo, Guillaume Gomez, the head chef at the Elysee Palace, poses for photographers in the kitchens at the Elysee Pala

In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo,  Marianne Fuseau, head florist, stands in the flower atelier at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. The F

In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo, Marianne Fuseau, head florist, stands in the flower atelier at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. The F

PARIS (AP) — The French presidential wine cellar holds 14,000 bottles regarded as so precious, few people are allowed to enter the room. Flower bouquets are displayed at the presidential palace only for a couple of hours so they always look fresh. And the president's chefs use 150-year-old copper pans.

These and other behind-the-scenes quirks of the Elysee Palace are getting a rare airing this weekend, when the home of French presidents since 1848 opens its doors to a small, but lucky group of ordinary citizens.

On Saturday and Sunday, a few hundred visitors are being allowed to enter the underground kitchen, cellar and florist rooms.

They'll also be able to buy souvenirs from a new boutique to help finance palace renovations expected to cost 100 million euros ($117 million).