While folks in France languish over another long holiday weekend in May, and in the US, talk turns to next weekend's Memorial Day holiday, in Chicago the heat is on. NATO meetings have caused protests and for the first time in years, a French President is making an official visit to the city of Chicago. On the go this Sunday will also be François Hollande's companion and First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler, visiting Gary Corner College and then the French Lycée of Chicago, before attending the evening's dinner for NATO members planned at the Art Institute.
Will President Obama see to it that President Hollande gets a taste of Manny's Cheesburgers and French fries?
Abdon M. Pallasch, "Obama, Hollande talk troops, Chicago Cheeseburgers" Chicago Sun-Times (May 18, 2012).
French Consulate in Chicago, "Présence française dans le Midwest" (www.consulfrance-chicago.org).
"Les premiers pas de Valérie Trierweiler à la Maison Blanche" Le Monde (May 20, 2012).