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July 2, 2009
Power hath its privileges
On their recent visit to Paris to join their husband and father, Michelle Obama and daughters enjoyed a special treat not available to other French citizens-- or even tourists--reports
Linda Hervieux of the NY Daily News .
Michelle Obama and her girls enjoyed a special Sunday shopping trip in Paris this month thanks to friends in high places who bent France's Sunday store-closing rules.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday that calls were made to open a swanky children's boutique, usually closed by law on Sundays, where the First Lady and her two daughters perused racks of $200 summer dresses and $100 sweaters.
It was actually the U.S. Embassy that arranged for opening of the shop, Bonpoint, a store spokeswoman said.
A determinedly secular country despite the strictly enforced Sunday closing laws, Michelle Obama may have actually done the French a favor as
most of France's 62 million people have do their shopping Monday to Saturday - and not during lunchtime when many stores close.
There are exceptions for shops selling food, or those deemed to have a "recreational" or "cultural" value, mostly in tourist areas.
Sarkozy is moving to expand the tourist zones as part of his push to get France to "work more, earn more."
Polls show two-thirds of French support changing the law.
Viva les Etats Unis!