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French Journalists Have To Be Told Not To Take Selfies In Oval Office

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

White House officials were not amused by the array of French journalists taking Oval Office selfies while covering French President Francois Hollande’s meeting with President Barack Obama this week.

Laurence Haim, a reporter for Canal Plus, told France 24 that White House staff warned journalists that selfies are “not the done thing.”

Diplomats always turn over their cell phones upon entering the West Wing.

One picture in particular, taken by Le Monde reporter Thomas Wieder, has many wondering whether the journalist is simply on vacation or covering the meeting. It shows a group of reporters grinning as Obama and Hollande sit in the background.

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Selfie dans le bureau Ovale... #PRUSA pic.twitter.com/Sqmftznp08

— Thomas Wieder (@ThomasWieder) February 11, 2014

French journalist David Angevin later tweeted, “As we say in France, ‘morons can do anything, that's how we recognize them.’"

Wieder was in San Francisco with Hollande today where he’s expected to meet with Silicon Valley executives and entrepreneurs.

"C'est une maison bleue adossée a la colline...", entonnent les enfants à l'arrivée de Hollande au City Hall #PRUSA pic.twitter.com/ANbBdksDqG

— Thomas Wieder (@ThomasWieder) February 12, 2014

Sources: France 24, Vocativ