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French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


PARIS (Reuters) - France's President Emmanuel Macron has called a special parliamentary session for both houses on July 3, the president of the Senate said on Wednesday, a rare event generally reserved for constitutional revisions and major presidential speeches.

Such a joint session of parliament is known as a Congress and takes place at Versailles, the palace of France's former monarchy.

"We have discussed his decision, to convene the Congress, which is constitutionally within the powers of the president of the republic, and I have taken note of it," Senate leader Gerard Larcher told reporters after meeting Macron at his office.

Former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed a Congress at the 17th-century palace in 2009, at the height of the global financial and banking crisis. Sarkozy's successor, Francois Hollande, did the same in November 2015 after militant Islamists attacked Paris, declaring France "is at war".

Macron's aides say he wants to set the tone and the direction of his five-year mandate in a ceremony that befits the office of the president. They have not revealed details of his message.

Macron has said he wants to embody a "Jupiterian" vision of the presidency - whereby the president, very much like the Roman god of gods, speaks rarely except to issue orders. He has strived to be seen as above daily politics, leaving the running of parliament to his prime minister.

(Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Michel Rose)