April 4th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Protesters disrupt first lady's trip

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Rohan Palace on April 4 in Strasbourg, France.
First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Rohan Palace on April 4 in Strasbourg, France.

STRASBOURG, France (CNN) – Protesters in Strasbourg, France, forced a last-minute detour for First Lady Michelle Obama Saturday.

She and spouses of other leaders attending the NATO summit there had planned to tour a hospital. But protests blocked the way to the event, the first lady’s office said, prompting the visit to be scrapped.

Instead, France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, met Mrs. Obama and the other spouses for a tour of the Palais Rohan. They then resumed their planned schedule with a visit to Strasbourg’s Cathedral of Notre-Dame.


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  1. Angela

    Of all of the events, why would you block the tour of a hospital. The hospice of cancer patients for which they were scheduled could opnly bring world attention to the treatment....and possibly funding. And why were the french not better prepared as the british were for mob scenes?

    April 4, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. alex

    What were they protesting?

    April 4, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Alice Wilson

    what were they protesting????

    April 4, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Teresa, OH

    Whoa!!! These protesters are out of line. I'm all for speaking your message... but dont mess with the first ladies.

    April 4, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    That's too bad, because the children at the hospital would have benifited from the support to their hospital....but of course I understand the need for those with something to say to pick a place that would have an impact. Still, too bad for those in the hospital.

    April 4, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Lynn

    Why is it that CNN is not reporting that the First Ladies of France and America have agreed to work together to combat the spread of AIDS. Seems like you are more interested in degrading these woman by talking about their clothes and "events".

    Women who objected to the sexism in the media towards Hillary Clinton should be outraged at this sexist treatment.

    April 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    It is very foolish to announce the Obama's schedule in advance especially in France. I am back to freedom fries and boycotting anything French.

    April 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Impeach the community organizer!

    Wonder if she still feels America is a 'downright mean country.' Mr. and Mrs. Obama are not exactly getting the red carpet treatment overseas.

    April 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. True American

    It shows.... that even if you are supposedly well liked..... people will still protest just to protest and disrupt a simple thing as the First Lady going somewhere.

    April 4, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Da Professor

    Hmmmm .... "She and spouses of other leaders attending the NATO summit" Oddly, the article did not mention what they were protesting. But, then in Europe, most of the protestors haven't a clue what they are protesting. They protest everything from Polar Bears on the icecaps to war in Africa. Protests in Europe are mainly social events that lead to NO action and the protestors use for entertainment. That no-clue protest reminds intelligent folks of the Republican Party these days.

    April 4, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Cali

    What were the protesters protesting? Good reporting, CNN!

    April 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Sammy

    Ah those French protesters. But seriously, Michelle Obama is genuinely popular in Europe and the protesters actions didnt help them any except make them look bad. It doesnt matter what anyones personal feelings or attitudes are to her, but it was a very bad public relations stunt.

    April 4, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. hello

    ha ha thats funny..i guess she aint as popular as she thinks she is...

    "For the first time in my life...im proud of my country" – Baracks speech about Anti-Americanism must have been directed towards her as well.

    April 4, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. GuyInVA

    Protest world leaders if you want, but leave the spouses out of it.

    April 4, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Cary

    The article strangely made it sound like the protestors were protesting Michelle Obama.

    People need to understand how often the French organize protests, for any number of reasons. But with the global recession, the G20 and the Nato meetings all coinciding – There is going to be major upheaval there for some time to come.

    April 4, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Miles

    How about you cover what the protesters are demonstrating about? Ever thought of that?

    April 4, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. MZ

    Wow ! Their " Base" sure seems to have a STRANGE way of welcoming the Obamas .

    April 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. daryl

    Your headline makes it seem like she was by herself. Shouldn't that be "first LADIES trip"?

    April 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. K Hawk

    Protesters are protesting globalization and NATO, not the first ladies of any of the G20 leaders. I would rather you do some real news reporting on the protests rather than a misleading headline for a nothing article on how the entire group of first ladies from all the G20 leaders had to change plans because of security resulting from the protests. It isn't that there is no news to report, CNN is just no longer interested in reporting real news so you show a picture of a beautiful MO and then look for something stupid to go with the picture.

    April 4, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. cappicola

    Such is life on the Big Stage for families of world leaders. However, the article neglects to mention why the protesters were out in force or what they were protesting. Any idea?

    April 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Mike O

    But they were supposed to love us with Obama in the White House! What happened?

    April 4, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Surge

    The French protesters are obviously racist.

    April 4, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Lauren

    Get used to it Michelle and Barrack. If these big companies we bail out keep paying bonus money, your going to start seeing protest in this country. Now I hear Merril Lynch paid out BIG money to bonuses after we bailed them out?

    April 4, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. TooCool

    ViVa La Rezistaance! :P

    April 4, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Sidney Jacobs

    To the "guy in Va"
    We'll leave the first ladies (what a mis nomer) out of it when they stop putting themselves in the mix.

    April 4, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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