International: Preparations for a Journey

In the Elysée Palace in Paris, President of the Republic Vincent Auriol drummed his fingers on the desk at which Napoleon I signed his abdication after Waterloo. Intent on a journey, Vincent Auriol was trying to remember if everything, every last detail, had been taken care of. This week he (with his wife Michele) sails on the Ile de France, the first French President to visit the U.S.

The clothes had been taken care of. Somehow, into two trunks and five suitcases the Auriols had managed to cram two full-dress suits, 30 dresses, two morning coats, a dinner jacket, three business suits...

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