Obama and Hollande bust anti-French cliches
WASHINGTON (AFP) - You win no points in modern US politics by cosying up to France.
Yet US President Barack Obama is breaking out the tricolours and booming cannon of a state visit for President Francois Hollande, a scandal-tainted socialist with anaemic approval ratings.
Mr Obama's embrace included a rare spin for a foreign leader on Air Force One and a tour of Monticello, shrine to the quintessential American francophile Thomas Jefferson.
The plan is to show that shared political and historic links with America's oldest ally trump occasional turbulence.