Obamas Pass on Dinner With Sarkozys
President and first lady turn down dinner invitation from French hosts
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 8:47 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni walk out to greet Barack Obama at the Palais Roham in Strasbourg, France, Friday, April 3, 2009.    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – The Obamas arrive in Paris tonight, but the president and the first lady have told the Sarkozys that they'll need a little time alone. Barack and Michelle declined a dinner invitation from the French president and wife Carla Bruni, even though they are staying at the American ambassador's residence—right next door to couple's Elysée apartment.

Obama and Sarkozy will meet tomorrow for a D-Day remembrance ceremony on Omaha Beach in Normandy. But as the Times of London points out, Obama grew irritated with Sarkozy during the G20 summit, when the French leader told colleagues he thought the president was inexperienced." That led to an ice-cold Obama telling a French minister, "Please tell Nicolas that I shall do my homework."