Soirée de Noël!

Photo by Janet Donovan
RBG with Ambassador Gérard Araud
RBG with Ambassador Gérard Araud

RBG – that’s Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to us – started her walk of fame week at the National Archives with the screening of Focus Features’ On the Basis of Sex with actors Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux; Director Mimi Leder and Screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman in tow and then moved on to the Residence of The Ambassador of France a few nights later for a “Soirée de Noël” where Champagne and the holiday spirit flowed freely.  And yes, the unlikely diminutive Rock Star does Champagne!

The evening was bitter sweet though when Amb. Araud announced that he and Pascal Blondeau would be moving on in March, ending probably the most successful Ambassadorship ever in Washington DC.  The talented duo combined elegance and fun at a level rarely seen in the oft stiff world of diplomacy. The very talented artist, photographer Blondeau’s fingerprints were all over the residence’s decor for the Soirée de Noël.