White House gives preview of Hollande state dinner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is offering an early look at preparations for the glitzy state dinner it is throwing Tuesday for French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND').
The first lady's office on Monday is giving the media, and by extension, the public, a peek at the elegant place settings, colorful flower arrangements and other details of the soiree. At least part of the evening's event will take place in a huge white tent going up on the South Lawn.
The White House curator will also highlight longstanding ties between the U.S. and France on a tour of the Blue Room.
The curator will discuss early French influences and artifacts that have been in the Blue Room for centuries and can still be seen there today.