Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PRESS

'No free press in the Arab World': Washington Post publishes Jamal Khashoggi's last article

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Global Competitiveness report releases 2018 Africa performance

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Brexit: 'The end isn't nigh'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Where do you draw the line? Brexit deadline summit stumbles over Irish border

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

Read more

FOCUS

Irish border remains stumbling block in Brexit talks

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Capernaum - powerful social drama or poverty porn?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Nature under threat: Arresting pictures from Wildlife Photography Awards

Read more

France

Hollande hosts two dinners to keep Obama and Putin apart

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-04

French President François Hollande should be building a healthy appetite ahead of Thursday when he is due to have one dinner with US President Barack Obama, followed immediately by a second with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Obama will be in France to mark Friday’s 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which heralded the start of the liberation of France and Western Europe from the clutches of the Nazi occupiers.

But he is not the only head of state paying a visit to Paris before heading north to Normandy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose aggressive policies in Ukraine have caused the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, is also on the D-Day guest list and pencilled in for a gourmet treat with Hollande.

According to the Elysée Palace, Hollande will dine with Obama at an undisclosed Paris restaurant at 7pm, and then squeeze in a "souper" (light dinner) at the Elysée with Putin two hours later.

Hollande is likely to have a double dose of the same thorny topic at both meals: the crisis in Ukraine where the new pro-West Kiev government is battling a pro-Russian insurgency in the east of the country.

Obama and Putin are not expected to cross paths until all invited leaders gather for lunch on Friday in Normandy at the Benouville chateau followed by the D-Day ceremonies at Ouistreham.

Date created : 2014-06-04

  • RUSSIA - UKRAINE

    Putin says Russia will respect outcome of Ukraine vote

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    France invites Ukraine's Poroshenko to join Putin to mark D-Day

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    Obama meets Ukraine’s new president in show of support

    Read more

COMMENT(S)