French Ambassador to U.S.: No ‘Hard Feelings’ over Obama Absence from Rally

The U.S. media has been giving the White House a lot of flak for not sending any high-profile officials to the Paris unity rally, and the White House went so far as to apologize for the decision, but French Ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud said on CNN today that no apology was necessary.

He told Erin Burnett that he was grateful to President Obama and John Kerry for visiting the French embassy and making some “moving” public statements on the attacks last week.

Araud categorized the controversy as “weird” and said the French media is treating this as an “American controversy,” because while the U.S. media may consider the absence a gross oversight, in France “it didn’t really create any hard feeling towards the Americans.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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