Francois Hollande honored at U.S. state dinner

Francois Hollande honored at U.S. state dinner

BBC: The French president and President Barack Obama toasted to the nations' centuries-old friendship at a White House state dinner.

With a glass of white wine in his hand, Mr Obama opened by quoting French writer Alexis de Tocqueville's impressions of 19th Century America, recalling to humorous effect his bafflement with American cuisine and his underwhelming impression of the White House.

"We Americans have grown to love all things French - the films, the food, the wine," Mr Obama continued. "But most of all, we love our French friends because we have stood together for our freedom for more than 200 years.

"Vive la France, God bless America, and long live the alliance between our great nations."

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