PARIS— Bernard Pacaud, chef of 3-star Michelin cafe l’Ambroisie in the Marais district, is typically off on Mondays.
But on the working day a major international local climate conference came to town, Mr. Pacaud opened his kitchen to two large-profile diners: French President François Hollande and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama.
In a present of solidarity for the metropolis in the wake of the deadly terror attacks, the leaders dined in a Paris restaurant soon after a day of weather talks, as an alternative of the more usual surroundings of the Élysée Palace.
“It’s [Mr. Obama ] who wanted to come right here,” Mr. Hollande stated afterward. “He wished to be not significantly from where the attacks took place, so it is excellent to make this gesture. It’s better for him to arrive here than to come to the Élysée.”
The U.S. president didn’t precisely make a minimal-profile entrance, in a city nonetheless on edge right after one hundred thirty people had been killed in a string of terror attacks more than two months back. Mr. Obama arrived in a motorcade of much more than twenty French law enforcement vehicles and black SUVs. Some of the automobiles had gun-toting safety personnel hanging out of open doorways.
“They’re not messing close to,” said René Duclos, a wine vendor who explained he supplies l’Ambroisie and was sipping a beer in a bistro close by.
Scores of French law enforcement cordoned off the spot exterior the restaurant, which is adjacent to the 11th arrondissement in which gunmen mowed down diners on terraces on Nov. thirteen.
“It’s comprehensible offered latest occasions, but the total sq. is on lock down,” Mr. Duclos said.
Mr. Pacaud instructed France Information radio he planned to cook something “classic French” for the VIP friends, which also included French Premier Manuel Valls and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The menu integrated wild Breton fish, potatoes with shellfish juice, a variety of cheese, and the restaurant’s signature chocolate tart. The wine, normally, was French, from Burgundy and Bordeaux.
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