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Francois Hollande's Washington Visit May Create Traffic Mess Near French Embassy

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WASHINGTON -- Residents of the nation's capital are used to the American president tying up traffic. On Friday, France's new president, François Hollande could create a big mess near Georgetown University as the Socialist Party leader makes a whirlwind visit to Washington en route to two summits in the United States.

As Patch reports, roads adjacent to the French Embassy complex off Reservoir Road could be clogged with 2,000 guests attending a 5 p.m. reception for Hollande. Guests were slated to arrive mid-afternoon Friday.

The embassy complex, tucked away on a wooded hillside near Glover Archbold Park, hosts France's diplomatic and cultural mission in D.C. The French ambassador's residence is located on Kalorama Road at 23rd Street NW.

There is no on-site parking available at the French Embassy, meaning that precious on-the-street parking will be at an even higher premium for guests driving to the event.

Hollande was scheduled to meet with President Obama on Friday morning and after the event at the French Embassy, will rejoin his American counterpart at Camp David for this weekend's G-8 summit. Hollande will be in Chicago on Sunday for a meeting of NATO-member nations.

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