(CNN) – When French President Francois Hollande flew to Washington this week for a state visit, he brought along a lot of baggage - and it's not his country's famous Louis Vuitton.
Hollande left France amid sinking popularity ratings and swirling reports that he cheated on his partner of seven years with a younger movie actress - making this week's trip something of an escape for the embattled president.
Washington (CNN) – The White House social secretary and executive chef are working late into the night and all day Tuesday to put the finishing touches on the first State Dinner at the executive mansion in over two years.
Tuesday night, the President and Mrs. Obama will host French President Francois Hollande, and an official familiar with the process of preparing the feast says the first family will include treats "from farmers and growers across the country." White House chefs say they hope to, "honor our guests by showcasing the best of American Bounty."
(CNN) – A day ahead of a state dinner at the White House welcoming French President, President Barack Obama and Francois Hollande released an op-ed Monday describing the strong resurgence between the two countries.
“A decade ago, few would have imagined our two countries working so closely together in so many ways. But in recent years our alliance has transformed,” the two presidents wrote in the Washington Post piece.
The pair pointed to the joint efforts in discussions with Iran, preventing the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon, as well as in Syria, using their “credible threat of force” to dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons.