historyatstate:

One of the many ways war impacted daily life for all in Paris, including those within the U.S. diplomatic community, was transportation—or lack of it. The Paris Métro closed at 7:30pm to comply with the 8pm curfew imposed in the first days of August 1914. Taxis, much in demand, became scarce and…

#SecKerry greets a young resident of Saint Briac, #France, during his visit to the town’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of #DDay this weekend. #DDay70

#SecKerry greets a young resident of Saint Briac, #France, during his visit to the town’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of #DDay this weekend. #DDay70

Residents of Saint Briac, #France, await #SecKerry’s arrival.  The Secretary visited the town, which was his mother’s childhood home, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. #DDay70

Residents of Saint Briac, #France, await #SecKerry’s arrival. The Secretary visited the town, which was his mother’s childhood home, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. #DDay70

historyatstate:

Seventy years ago today Allied troops crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The amphibious invasion, code named Operation Overlord, was the first step in a long fight to liberate France from the German Occupation.

French soldier returning to French soil for the first time, 1944

President Barack Obama is traveling to Poland, Belgium, and France, June 3-6, 2014. While in Warsaw, President Obama will join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, and will then continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Go to www.whitehouse.gov to learn more about the President’s trip to Europe, and stay tuned to our Tumblr page for updates!

President Barack Obama is traveling to Poland, Belgium, and France, June 3-6, 2014. While in Warsaw, President Obama will join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, and will then continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Go to www.whitehouse.gov to learn more about the President’s trip to Europe, and stay tuned to our Tumblr page for updates!

todaysdocument:

Happy 125th Birthday to the Eiffel Tower!  Or should we say, Bonne anniversaire à la Tour Eiffel!
Now an iconic part of the Parisian landscape, Gustave Eiffel’s eponymous tower first opened to the public 125 years ago on March 31, 1889 as part of the Exposition Universelle.

Excerpted from: RESULTS OF STRATEGIC BOMBING IN THE PARIS AREA, 1944
From the series: Motion Picture Films from the “Combat Subjects” Program Series, ca. 1939 - ca. 1945

todaysdocument:

Happy 125th Birthday to the Eiffel Tower!  Or should we say, Bonne anniversaire à la Tour Eiffel!

Now an iconic part of the Parisian landscape, Gustave Eiffel’s eponymous tower first opened to the public 125 years ago on March 31, 1889 as part of the Exposition Universelle.

Excerpted from: RESULTS OF STRATEGIC BOMBING IN THE PARIS AREA, 1944

From the series: Motion Picture Films from the “Combat Subjects” Program Series, ca. 1939 - ca. 1945

The plane set to carry French President François Hollande to California from Washington, DC, taxis into position at Andrews Air Force Base. 

The plane set to carry French President François Hollande to California from Washington, DC, taxis into position at Andrews Air Force Base. 

whitehouse:

We’re getting ready for tonight’s state dinner for France here at the White House. White House Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses are giving you the inside look — from the (very) locally sourced honey, to a paint sprayer just for chocolate (yum).

Crowds braved freezing temperatures this morning on the South Lawn of the whitehouse to watch the arrival of #French President François Hollande. 

Crowds braved freezing temperatures this morning on the South Lawn of the whitehouse to watch the arrival of #French President François Hollande. 

The First French President to Formally Visit the United States

historyatstate:

The first formal visit by the President of a French Republic to the United States was Vincent Auriol in Spring 1951. The trip sought to convince U.S. lawmakers and the public that France was steadily recovering from wartime destruction, thanks to Marshall Plan aid, and reinforce the Fourth Republic’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance.

President Auriol took daily English lessons to prepare for his visit because, according to the New York Times, he wanted to “speak at least a few words of English in each of the many talks he expects to make in the United States, notably in an address he will make before a joint session of Congress.”1 In March 1951, Auriol sailed for New York from Le Havre aboard the Ile de France with his wife, son, and Robert Schuman, French Foreign Minister, among others.2 The French presidential party landed in New York then took a train to Washington D.C.’s Union Station on March 28.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Auriol made another notable “first” when he became the first French head of state to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on April 2. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree of Chief-Commander, by President Harry Truman. Returning to New York on April 2, Auriol received an honorary doctorate from Columbia University. On Wednesday, April 4, the Auriols visited Eleanor Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY, and presented her with the Order of Commander of the Legion of Honor before sailing for France that evening.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

View the video retrospective of French presidential visits to the United States via France’s Institut National Audovisuel (INA).


  1. “Auriol Studying English,” New York Times, February 17, 1951, 3. 

  2. Harold Callender, “French President on Way to Visit U.S.,” New York Times, March 21, 1951, 21.