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Hollande comfy amid Obamas

French President Francois Hollande was feted Tuesday by President Barack Obama at a state dinner in Washington that drew heavyweights and lesser knowns, but not Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered France's first lady before her highly publicized breakup with Hollande last month. So the White House plopped Hollande down right between Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama.

On a wintry night, the gala unfolded in a heated pavilion on the South Lawn. (There's no room inside the White House that can handle a guest list of 350.) It was the seventh state dinner for the Obama administration, the White House said.

Guests

The wide-ranging list included entrepreneur Elon Musk, actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Rev. Al Sharpton, comedian Stephen Colbert, NBA player Jason Collins, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, and Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit over same-sex marriage benefits rose to the Supreme Court last year.

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Michelle Obama was clad in a black and liberty blue silk gown by Carolina Herrera.

Menu

American Osetra caviar, quail eggs, 12 varieties of potatoes, salad, wine from California, Washington state and Virginia, dry-aged rib eye beef, blue cheese, charred shallots, oyster mushrooms, braised chard, chocolate malted cake, Florida tangerines, vanilla ice cream and cotton candy.

Entertainment

Mary J. Blige, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor.

Times wires

Hollande comfy amid Obamas 02/11/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:27am]
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