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Obama, French President Hollande to Visit Monticello

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Charlottesville's rich presidential history is bringing together two powerful modern day leaders in just a few short days.

President Barack Obama and France's President Francois Hollande are set to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello as part of Hollande's state visit next week.

A press release sent Tuesday night from the White House press secretary announced the presidents will visit the home of Thomas Jefferson to mark the "historic partnership" between the United States and France.

The last time President Obama visited Charlottesville was on a campaign stop in August of 2012, but first lady Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia visited Monticello in 2009 and then again in 2010.

The release went on to say how Monticello reflects Jefferson's affection for the people of France along with the long-standing relations between our two democracies.

George W. Bush was the last president to visit the home back in July of 2008, when he spoke at the annual naturalization ceremony.

The trip will come a day before Hollande is scheduled to visit the White House, where he'll be treated to an arrival ceremony and formal state dinner.

Press Release from The White House

Since the time of our founding fathers, the United States and France have been allies and friends. To mark this historic partnership, President Obama and President Hollande of France will tour Monticello on Monday, February 10, as part of the State Visit.

As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, 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.

President Obama looks forward to sharing this piece of our shared history with President Hollande.

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