Stephen Colbert: The First Lady of France?

McClatchy Washington BureauFebruary 13, 2014 

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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 11, 2014.

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The host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report says he got an unexpected honor at Tuesday's State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande -- he's now the First Lady of France.

That's because Hollande arrived without a date (thanks to le scandal) -- and Colbert was seated next to first lady Michelle Obama -- a perch traditionally reserved for the spouse of the visiting head of state.

"Merci, merci," he said, as his staff pelted him with roses. "Such a grande honor."

He said his first lady initiatives will include reviving the guillotine and that his Colbert Report will remain unchanged -- but that "the show will now be made with more butter."

"I gotta tell you it was a magical evening," Colbert said of the dinner, displaying his White House invite -- with the seal and "a solid gold tassle -- you can melt that down."

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