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Obama-mania in Paris

A throw pillow depicting Michelle Obama and wallpaper

A throw pillow depicting Michelle Obama and wallpaper bearing the president's image on display in a home furnishing store window in Le Marais section of Paris. (March 30, 2010) Photo Credit: John Damiano

I returned from Paris recently, and while I was there, I was struck by the love affair the French seem to be having with the Obamas. In fact, I saw more images of Barack and Michelle over there on any given day than I ever did in the States -- and given the media presence the power couple has over here,  that's saying a lot.

One thing that struck me as a bit odd, however, was the way in which the French pay homage to the president and first lady. This is one of many window displays in a home furnishings store in Le Marais section of Paris. That's wallpaper, above, and a throw pillow at the top of the page.


Not quite sure what the white leopard signifies, or why Mrs. Obama is so scantily clad, or what the phrase, "Don't stand in my light" means.

Maybe something was lost in the translation.

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(Photos by John Damiano)

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