Bon jour! (and first state visit by a French President in nearly 20 years)

Subject: Pool report #1

 

POTUS and FLOTUS greeted French President Francois Hollande in the South Lawn of the White House at 9:03 am on a freezing morning, after an arrival ceremony and presenting of the flags by service members, before the national anthems. Hundreds of guests attended.

 

The two presidents delivered remarks.

 

“Good morning, everybody. Bonjour. That’s the extent of my French,” POTUS said, welcoming Hollande for what he said was the first State visit by a French president in nearly 20 years.

 

“It’s no exaggeration that we stand here because of each other,” POTUS said. “We owe our freedom to each other.”

 

“Ladies and gentlemen. It’s cold in Washington,” joked Hollande. He spoke about the US-French alliance to improve global economic prosperity, fight terror and combat climate change.

 

According to his translator, Hollande thanked American soldiers “who left their homes to liberate my country, and Europe” in World War II.

 

“Long live the United States. Long live France,” he said.

 

Sahil Kapur

Senior Congressional Reporter

Talking Points Memo

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