U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia at the Pompidou Centre in Paris on June 7, 2009. [Photo source: AFP]
PARIS (AFP) — US first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha flew out of Paris on Monday morning after a busy tourist weekend in the French capital, an airport source said.
Obama and the two girls kicked off their Paris stay with a trip up the Eiffel Tower on Friday evening before joining President Barack Obama, in northern France for Saturday’s D-Day commemorations in Normandy.
The family on Saturday visited Notre Dame cathedral and dined out in a Paris bistrot, followed on Sunday ahead of the president’s departure with a more than two-hour early morning private tour of the Pompidou modern art centre.
Left to thair own devices, the Obama ladies lunched with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife before shopping in a children’s clothes store and getting a private tour of the Louvre museum.
They dined in a restaurant renowned for souffles located on a small pedestrian alley close to Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
Large crowds gathered wherever the Obamas went. For 10-year-old Malia and Sasha, 7, it was their first excursion abroad as daughters of a US president.