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President Obama and Francois Hollande / Susan Walsh, AP

President Obama practices the art of personal diplomacy Monday, taking French President Francois Hollande to Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello in Virginia.

"Monticello reflects Jefferson's affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," the White House schedule says.

Obama and Hollande tour Jefferson's estate.on Monday afternoon.

It's the only public event Monday for Obama, who also has private meetings and lunch with Vice President Biden.

The American president hosts a state dinner for his French counterpart on Tuesday night at the White House.

The two presidents also have an op-ed in Monday's Washington Post, touting U.S.-French cooperation on issues such as Syria, aid to Africa and negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.



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