President Hollande says the French love Americans in his state dinner toast

French President François Hollande reflected on the September 11th terrorist attacks during his speech at the state dinner. (The Washington Post)

“We love Americans although we don’t always say so and you love the French although sometimes you’re too shy to say so.” 

— French President Francois Hollande in his toast to President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. The majority of Hollande’s speech was in French and then translated for the English-speakers in the crowd.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.

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