He gave France a hug... and a kiss... and a VERY awkward rendition of 'You've Got a Friend': Grovelling Kerry cuddles up to Hollande and even flies in James Taylor to make up for terror march snub
The U.S. Secretary of State had a very close embrace (left) with French President Francois Hollande in Paris today, in the wake of the terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people. Kerry also brought along singer James Taylor (center) for the visit, who played the opening bars of French national anthem La la Marseillaise before making a none-too-subtle diplomatic point with his hit 'You've got a friend'. The apperance comes after the White House admitted it ought to have sent a higher-ranking official to the enormous solidarity march in Paris last week, which only the U.S. ambassador to France attended. It also coincides with the release of the first edition of Charlie Hebdo since the attack, which defiantly features an image of the prophet Mohammed on the cover. The White House confirmed that President Obama has seen the cover and supports the magazine's right to publish it.