China president gets secret, sumptuous French menu
Chinese president to savor secret, sumptuous menu as part of France's charm offensive
Associated Press
2014-03-27 11:01 PM

PARIS (AP) -- The menu will remain secret, but there's no doubt that famed chef Alain Ducasse has concocted a sumptuous meal for the Chinese president as he wraps up his state visit to France in the Palace of Versailles.

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were invited to a private dinner with just French President Francois Hollande on Thursday, after attending a concert at the Royal Opera at Versailles -- chosen as a symbol of French culture.

France launched a charm offensive for Xi's visit, hoping for bigger business opportunities with China. About 50 commercial accords were signed worth an estimated total of 18 billion euros ($24.8 billion).

The three-day visit, which prompted small protests and tangled Paris transport, celebrates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China.

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