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TODAY   |  February 11, 2014

French president going stag to state dinner

President Obama and the first lady will host a state dinner at the White House tonight in honor of French president Francois Hollande, who, after all the scandal in France over who he might bring as his date, is going alone. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> natalie, good morning to you. president obama 's first state dinner is unforgettable for the couple that crashed the party. the drama around tonight's dinner has more to do with who was initially invited but not going to attend. the white house had to reprint its invitations after french president holland's recent breakup. as of late last night, organizers here at the white house hadn't even decided who would get that coveted seat next to president obama typically reserved for the visiting leader's spouse. on monday, as you see. tonight's dinner will be hosted in a tent on the south lawn , traditionally american menu, caviar from illinois, ribeye beef from colorado, and a salad to honor the first lady's white house garden. mary j. blije performing as well, natalie.