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So much so, he had a few questions for the reporter who started his query by noting he is from “the French news agency.”

“The French news agency?!” Mr. Gray said. “Hey man, we’re honored over here that you’re — you gonna write about this in Paris?”

“We could very well,” he said.

“Well that’s not a commitment,” the mayor said. “We want to be on the front page of the best newspaper.”

Although the presser focused on Wal-Mart and the joie de vivre it’s expected to bring to retail in the city, the reporter just had a quick question about the Occupy D.C. movement.

• David Sherfinski, David Hill and Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report.