Hollande in America: Obama Fetes French Dignitary with White House Feast

White House transforms tent into Monet masterpiece for Hollande

White House to transform tent to Monet masterpiece for Hollande (Reuters)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will turn a heated tent on its frigid South Lawn into a Monet-inspired gala fit for a French president on Tuesday, the highlight of a two-day state visit to Washington by Francois Hollande.

President Barack Obama invited Hollande for the state visit to highlight the long relationship between the two countries. The two leaders have worked together on responding to Iran's nuclear program, Syria's civil war and insurgent attacks in Mali.

"France is really a key partner in the principal security challenges that we're currently confronting," a senior administration official told reporters on Monday.

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