Bush could vacation in France

13th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - President George W. Bush, who has never vacationed outside the United States since taking office, on Saturday said he would take time off in France, as long as he can go mountain biking.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - President George W. Bush, who has never vacationed outside the United States since taking office, on Saturday said he would take time off in France, as long as he can go mountain biking.

Bush, who doesn't speak French, said he would eagerly accept an invitation to visit France if it came from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom he was hosting Saturday at the Bush family holiday compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Asked by reporters if he would be willing to follow Sarkozy's example and take a vacation away from home, Bush said: "Of course I would ... there's some spectacular spots around the world ... great places to relax."

What about France, if Sarkozy should invite him?

"Absolutely. Absolutely. Particulary if he could find a place for me to ride my mountain bike," responded Bush, who is an avid enthusiast of the sport.

However, Bush made it clear he was not planning a trip to France any time soon, but not because he can't speak French -- "I can barely speak English," he said to chuckling reporters well acquainted with his frequent malapropisms.

The chief reason, Bush said, was "I'm a Texan, I like my place down there. I like to go down there as much as I can. It's where I can relax." He was referring to his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

He said he was pleased Sarkozy and his family were spending their summer vacation in the United States, in the lakeside resort of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, just 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Kennebunkport.

"If people were asking me where I think they ought to vacation, it would be right here in America -- where I'll be vacationing, as you know. Monday, starting in Crawford," Bush said.

Bush began his vacation Thursday at his family's ocean-side estate. On Monday, he will continue on to his ranch in Crawford.

AFP

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