Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Kennedys in Paris

President Sarkozy's triumphant visit to the US last two weeks ago got me thinking about presidential visits between leaders of our two nations over the past two centuries. I wondered how many American presidents have visited France while in office, and what effect it has had on diplomatic relations.

I've always been fascinated with the to Kennedys' visit Paris in 1961. From the Centre de l'Audiovisuel, some French TV footage of the time when Jackie wowed President de Gaulle -- and the French people -- with her charm and perfect French; and JFK famously quipped, "I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris."

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