Obama invites Hollande to special meeting before G8 and NATO summits

Supporters of Francois Hollande celebrate his electoral victory at the Bastille Square, May 7, 2012

From the White House:  President Obama called President-elect Francois Hollande of France to congratulate him after the results of the French election were announced today.   President Obama indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr. Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges.  President Obama noted that he will welcome President-elect Hollande to Camp David for the G-8 Summit and to Chicago for the NATO Summit later this month, and proposed that they meet beforehand at the White House.  President Obama and President-elect Hollande each reaffirmed the important and enduring alliance between the people of the United States and France.

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Call to President-elect Hollande of France, May 6, 2012

From Nicholas Vinocur, ReutersThe trip to Washington will follow shortly after Hollande’s inauguration and his first trip abroad, to Berlin, where he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  (photo: Getty)

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