Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REVISITED

One year after Gaza war, residents still struggling to survive

Read more

REPORTERS

Libya in search of unity

Read more

ENCORE!

Tina Arena: Love, loss and la langue française

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

History’s worst tragedies: Would you have resisted?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Lithuanian president: 'Greek govt is not willing to take responsibility'

Read more

FOCUS

Violence and chaos await migrants in Libya

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Environmental migrants: The neglected refugees

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

'Greece will get a worse deal now than before the referendum'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Tunisia attack: UK ponders air strikes in Syria (part 2)

Read more

Americas

In pictures: White House not amused by French journalists’ ‘selfies’

© @ThomasWieder via Twitter

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-13

White House officials were not amused when French journalists took advantage of President François Hollande’s Washington visit to take “selfies” in the Oval Office.

Canal Plus reporter Laurence Haim said irritated White House staff told the journalists it was “not the done thing” to take a picture of oneself with a mobile phone with two heads of state in the presidential office.

One particular picture was doing the rounds of French media outlets on Wednesday, showing Thomas Wieder, a reporter at respected French daily Le Monde, grinning broadly as he took a “selfie” with Hollande and US President Barack Obama in the distant background.

But if White House officials were annoyed at the self-indulgent behaviour of some French journalists in the Oval Office, Obama himself is no stranger to the “selfie” photographic phenomenon.

The American president made his own headlines in December 2013 when he was caught on camera posing for a “selfie” with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her UK counterpart David Cameron at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Date created : 2014-02-12

  • USA - FRANCE

    Obama and Hollande toast bolstered ties at state dinner

    Read more

  • USA - FRANCE

    Obama hails ‘enduring alliance’ between US and France

    Read more

  • USA - FRANCE

    Hollande and Obama honour Franco-American bond at Jefferson home

    Read more

COMMENT(S)