WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will kick off the state visit of French President Francois Hollande next week with a visit to Monticello, the Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president and a one-time envoy 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," the White House said in a statement.
"President Obama looks forward to sharing this piece of our shared history with President Hollande," it said.
The two men will visit Jefferson's house on Monday.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)