French president to find familiar at Monticello

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 12:06 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') should feel right at home when he and President Barack Obama visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

The nation's third president was smitten with France — its wine, food and architecture. Much of that affection is still on display Monday at his former 2,500-acre estate overlooking Charlottesville and the school he founded and designed, the University of Virginia.

Leslie Greene Bowman is president and CEO of the private Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., that operates Monticello.

She calls Jefferson "our most famous Francophile."

Hollande's visit will be the first by a French president to Monticello, which has welcomed international dignitaries as diverse as Queen Elizabeth II, in 1976, to the Dalai Lama in 1993.

Obama will also be making his first visit to the Virginia landmark.

___

Steve Szkotak can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sszkotakap.

___

Online:

Monticello: http://www.monticello.org/

Print
Email
|