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Bonjour Monsieur President: Hollande Receives White House Welcome

President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande stand for the national anthem during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Overshadowed by the intrigue of a European love triangle and a glamorous White House gala, Tuesday's policy talks between President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will showcase a revamped relationship that is now a cornerstone of diplomatic efforts in Iran and Syria, as well as the fight against extremism in northern Africa. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande stand for the national anthem during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday.

Overshadowed by the intrigue of a Parisian love triangle and a glamorous White House gala, Tuesday's policy talks between Obama and Hollande will showcase a revamped relationship that is now a cornerstone of diplomatic efforts in Iran and Syria.