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Romney Recalls Vacations in France, Not Missionary Years

File photo. (ABC/ Ida Mae Astute)(ASTON, Pa.) – When a member of the foreign press asked Mitt Romney on Monday about his memories of his time spent in France, it wasn’t tales of his Mormon missionary work that came to mind for the presidential candidate, but his vacations.

“I have a lot of memories of France,” said Romney, who did his Mormon missionary time  in France in the late 1960s and who has talked extensively about his experience there.

“The best memories were with my wife on vacations from time to time in France,” said Romney, who has been criticized for being “out of touch” and has made several comments that have highlighted his wealth during his campaign.

“The last vacation we had there, walking around the city of Paris, walking not just on the Champs Elysees but walking over to the Jardin of Luxembourg and around the city.”

“It’s one of the most magnificent cities in the world, and I look forward to occasional vacations again in such a beautiful place,” he said.

His missionary work in France is one that he spoke about frequently on the trail. Last year Romney told Charlie Rose that the two and a half years he spent overseas was a “very revealing experience.” Romney told reporters trailing him in a New Hampshire suburb last winter as he knocked on doors for votes that the event reminded him of knocking on doors as a missionary in France.

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President Obama Heads to France for G8 Summit

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(DEAUVILLE, France) -- After spending two days in London, President Obama will continue his European trip Thursday in Deauville, France, where he will attend the G8 summit.

Before the summit, Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Medvedev at the Hotel Royal Barriere in Deauville.

"One of the core foreign policy objectives when we came into office was the Russia reset," Deputy National Security Advisors for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes said. "It has been one of the most productive relationships for the United States in terms of the signing and ratification of the new START treaty, cooperation on nuclear security, cooperation with regard to Iran sanctions and nonproliferation generally, the Northern Distribution Network into Afghanistan that supports our effort there, and our discussions with Russia about expanding trade ties and their interest in joining the WTO, as well as Russia's increased cooperation with NATO that was manifested by the NATO-Russia meetings in Lisbon."

Afterward, President Obama will be officially welcomed by French President Sarkozy, the host of the summit in his country.  The leaders will then attend G8 working sessions in the afternoon.

In the G8 meetings there will be a discussion of the situation in Japan, "expressing solidarity with the people of Japan, and a discussion of nuclear safety, nuclear power safety more generally," Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs said.

There will be a discussion of the global economy and "the situation of the global recovery and risks to that global recovery, as well a dialogue around trade and climate change and advancing those agendas."

Obama will then hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kan at the Hotel Royal Barriere where they will discuss Japan's post-earthquake recovery.

Obama will wrap up his day attending a dinner with G8 leaders at Le Ciro's Barriere Restaurant.  He will spend the night in Deauville.

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