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Host-in-chief: Obama to take French president on Monticello tour Monday

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

When he hosts French President Francois Hollande on Monday, President Obama will take his guest on a tour of Monticello, the Virginia estate of Thomas Jefferson.

The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Obama will accompany Mr. Hollande to Monticello to mark the two nations' "historic partnership." Before he became president, Jefferson was an early U.S. envoy to France.

"Monticello reflects Jefferson's affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," the White House said. "President Obama looks forward to sharing this piece of our shared history with President Hollande."

Mr. Hollande's trip to Washington is an official state visit. He will be traveling alone, having just ended a relationship with his longtime companion, Valérie Trierweiler.

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