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The East Wing has not announced it, but First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Paris next week, after accompanying President Obama to Normandy to mark the 65th anniversary of the June 6, 1944 landing of Allied troops on French shores.

Mrs. Obama's press office only disclosed that the First Lady would be in Normandy on Saturday. "She'll have no public events beyond Normandy," I was told on Tuesday afternoon.

But it turned out there was a high-level leaker in the White House -- President Obama -- who dropped the news in an interview with a French television outlet that Mrs. Obama's visit to France is likely to be more extended.

Obama told Canal Plus reporter Laura Haim in an "interview exclusive de Barack" about Mrs. Obama's travel plans.

"I think she's definitely coming to Normandy with us. And then I think she may be staying in Paris for a few days," Obama said.

Another source told me daughters Malia and Sasha will also be in Paris.

My very well-informed French connection told me for the "private" part of the Obama visit in Paris, plans are changing all the time.

From my French spy: The bottom line is they want to have a family night somewhere with the girls (could be dinner at the Tour Eiffel). Some rumors mention Bateau Mouche. Reminder that for Bill and Hillary, the Louvre had reopened late one evening.

My French pal told me the Obama team asked the U.S. embassy to find them a restaurant and the U.S. embassy turned to the French authorities for help because they have to close the neighborhood.

Not known: if Mrs. Obama will see French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

BACKGROUND: When Mrs. Obama and French First Lady Bruni-Sarkozy were together at a G-8 summit in Strasbourg last April, their meeting was billed as a "fashion face-off between two of the world's most glamorous women."


Mrs. Obama on Wednesday hosts a lunch for former First Lady Nancy Reagan in Washington. This will be Mrs. Reagan's second day in town. On Tuesday, Mrs. Reagan stood next to the President when he signed a bill to plan events marking the 100th anniversary of former President Ronald Reagan's birth next year. Reagan died five years ago this week.

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