French officials have gone to great lengths to prevent President Barack Obama and his frosty counterpart Vladimir Putin from having to endure an awkward meeting while the pair visited Paris on Thursday.
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French President Francois Hollande has gone so far as to plan two separate dinners on Thursday evening - first with Obama, and then with Putin - to avoid a confrontation in the corridors of his Elysee Palace residence.
Hollande will meet Obama in a restaurant overlooking the iconic Champs-Elysees, according to an itinerary reported by the Reuters news agency, before going back to his residence for a late supper with Putin.
If this whirlwind of geopolitical tête-à-têtes were not enough, Hollande will squeeze in another meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is traveling to commemorate the anniversary by train from London.