Birthday boy Chirac gets cake at NATO summit

29th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

RIGA, Nov 29, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac was presented with a cake to mark his 74th birthday by his Latvian counterpart Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who is hosting world leaders at the NATO summit here.

RIGA, Nov 29, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac was presented with a cake to mark his 74th birthday by his Latvian counterpart Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who is hosting world leaders at the NATO summit here.

"I had told my friend Jacques Chirac that because the summit in Riga coincides with his birthday, which I know he usually celebrates and it was in a way a sacrifice for him to be away from home, we would try to compensate," Vike-Freiberga told a press conference at the end of the summit.

"I presented him with a birthday cake this morning, and we will be seeing each other at lunch," she said.

The cake was a five kilogram (11 pound) creation, decorated with red roses and with "joyeux anniversaire" -- "happy birthday" in French" -- written on it, Aiva Rozenberga, spokeswoman for the president, told AFP.

It was baked at Sala, a well known restaurant and bakery in Riga, she said.

Vike-Freiberga said she also "offered to serve dinner to Mr Chirac and any friends he cares to invite."

"He tried to make practical arrangements but nothing further came of it."

The French leader's planned celebratory dinner caused a stir here Tuesday, when Chirac's office said Russian President Vladimir Putin had suggested he come to the NATO summit to attend the blow-out.

A visit by Putin would have been the first to Latvia by a Russian leader since all three Baltic states regained their independence in 1991 from the crumbling Soviet Union.

According to the Elysee Palace, Chirac will celebrate his birthday again later Wednesday on his return to Paris.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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