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Feb 12, 2014

Barack and Francois in show of ‘bonhomie’ at White House

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – There were no “freedom fries”
or any other remembrances from strained Franco-American ties in
the past. Instead, it was dry-aged beef and plenty of “bonhomie”
as President Barack Obama gave a lavish welcome to French
President Francois Hollande.

Obama went out of his way to welcome Hollande at the White
House on Tuesday, saying a few words in passable French, teasing
the Frenchman for his formality and toying with the notion that
U.S. ties with France are as close as they are with old ally
Britain.

Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014

Barack and Francois display chumminess at White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were no “freedom fries” or any other remembrances from strained Franco-American ties in the past. Instead, it was dry-aged beef and plenty of bonhomie as President Barack Obama gave a lavish welcome to French President Francois Hollande.

Obama went out of his way to welcome Hollande at the White House on Tuesday, saying a few words in passable French, teasing the Frenchman for his formality and toying with the notion that U.S. ties with France are as close as they are with old ally Britain.

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Feb 11, 2014

Obama says U.S. will deal harshly with violators of Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama issued a sharp warning on Tuesday to companies eyeing business deals with Iran, saying the United States would come down like a “ton of bricks” on those that violated sanctions against Tehran.

Obama, speaking at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, said France and other allies were committed to enforcing existing sanctions even as they worked together on a possible a diplomatic deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

Feb 11, 2014
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      "Jeff Mason has covered the White House since 2009 and was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He joined Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and German business news. He then spent 3 1/2 years in Brussels, Belgium covering the European Union with a focus on climate change and energy policy. He moved to Washington in 2008 to cover the historic primaries and presidential race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and Canada's CBC. He is a graduate of ..."
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