First lady goes for walk in town day after Bush snub

13th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - Cecilia Sarkozy was seen Sunday taking a stroll in the northeastern US town where she and the French president are vacationing a day after she declined lunch with the US president.

WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - Cecilia Sarkozy was seen Sunday taking a stroll in the northeastern US town where she and the French president are vacationing a day after she declined lunch with the US president.

Mrs. Sarkozy was photographed walking with two friends in town, after a day earlier turning down an invitation for a hot dog and hamburger picnic with the US president and his family at the Bush retreat in nearby Kennebunkport, Maine.

Cecilia telephoned Laura Bush about an hour before lunch to explain she had a throat ailment and that she and her children would not be able to make the gathering, touted as a rapport-building casual lunch between Nicolas Sarkozy and George W. Bush.

Bush said he was "disappointed" by her absence but understood. The French president expressed regret for having passed the illness to his wife.

Nicloas Sarkozy, meanwhile, was seen wearing earphones and jogging on a lakeside path with a seven-strong entourage. The couple and their children have been vacationing in New Hampshire since late July.

AFP

Subject: French news

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