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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - July 15, 1967, Tokyo, JapanParties yes publicity no Bohlen in Paris quiet diplomacy by Kelly Smith Paris a it was his usual schedule leave the embassy mansion by limousine at 9 15 a.m., arrive in his panelled Book lined of fice at the chancery at 9 30. Appointments 10a.m. But As the ambassador s car pulled out of the embassy court Yard past the Gates to the Street a Man lunged Forward from the shadows. Menacingly he dashed to the limousine seized the door handle an yanked. In his pocket police said later was a knife with a10-Inch Blade. A struggle followed. Nearby police arrived. The limousine sped off. The would be assailant was arrested. To Charles Eustis Bohlen Tail straight backed . Ambassador to France it was jus part of a Day. He asked there be no publicity of the decision was typical of Bohlen. At 62, with 38 years i diplomacy he is still wary of the Public spotlight i Don t Wear eccentric clothes. I Don t drink to excess he says. I m not one to write no interviews the Bollens keep their lifers private As possible. The French press does not concern itself with social shindigs. Unlike Washington which resembles a social Jamboree Paris is sedate. Photographers Are not allowed at parties. Mrs. Bohlen does not give the Bollens Don t flaunt entertaining that does mean it s nonexistent. Inside is a three Story Man Sion with 13 servants where in a week there May be one Sta lunch one mixed lunch a Black tie dinner at 8 30 for 70 per sons another Small dinner for 12, a Garden reception for 400,several cocktail parties for 20 to 30 and a Tea for 150 american wives. The household and entertain ment budget is said to top $50, 000 a year. One source said$75,000 was closer to the Mark. Ambassador and mrs. Charles Bohlen left stand with French foreign minister Couve de Murville next to Bohlen and Charles the state department budget about $1 million annually for entertaining at overseas the Days of traditional striped pants diplomacy the Paris embassy was the Summit for aspiring Young few career men despite skill or determination could reach that Zenith. To be american ambassador in Paris was not Only demand ing socially but backbreaking financially. Some ambassadors said they spent $50,000 of their own Money just to foot the Bills. Only a wealthy Man could afford it. Times have changed. Bolenis a Symbol of that change. He manages on a $30,000 a Yea salary has a Home now rented in Washington d.c., an three children of College age. Grin and Bear it by Lichty / wish of pay tribute to this establishment moral. Only Here have f found peace in our time . Embassies no longer plow$30,000 into one Mammoth 4th of july Celebration. Likewise Congress aware of entertain ment needs attempts to be reasonable on appropriations. Benjamin Franklin was America s first minister to the Quai d orsay. He rented a hotel Wing. Thomas Jefferson tried several residences. The first 36ministers lived in 90 different places. In 1924, realizing the Ameri can ambassador had More to do than apartment Hunt the government bought its first real estate on foreign soil. That mansion the present embassy has been hotel quarters for visiting presidents and Cabinet members since. Grand manner the hardest part of being ambassador in Paris said one intimate is holding up the grand manner of entertaining. In Africa or Moscow you Haven excuse. Not in Paris. The Flowers must be the freshest the food the finest the wines the tastiest the conversation the liveliest and the spoons the the embassy does t Stock exotic French wines but instead uses american brands. Its soap cigarettes Staples and most other items Are bought at the Post Exchange. One rather imagines that the embassy would swing in a country where the per capita wine consumption is 42 Gallons a year. It does says a Bohle Friend. Avis and Chip Are terrific at parties delightful can give a Toast in chinese and Tell walloping yarns. And they have done something unusual for an ambassador added the younger diplomats i their 30s, the doers the movers and up and coming men an women from other embassies. They Don t publicize it but some Day their efforts will pay off in a big Between 10,000 and 15,000 per sons Are wined and dined at the embassy in a year. Lucet French ambassador to the United states at a diplomatic function in Paris. A social life half of envoy s Job Washington a Sixo clock. Shadows splinter the Broad Lawn. Limousines Roll up the half Moon drive to the Grey Stone mansion. Inside ice Clink sin Crystal glasses. It s the bewitching hour on embassy Row. Six o clock. That s when the social life starts explains French ambassador c h a r 1 e s Lucet. It s very important the social life. You not Only have cocktails. You have a Chance total to people. Important peo socially Washington is the world s busiest capital. Obligations Are staggering. Any on of the .100 ambassadors Here can be found at two or three receptions and a dinner almost every night. Because his country has along courtship with the United states because this is France Sno. 1 embassy and because this is his fifth tour of duty in Washington Lucet has heavy Contr fitments. Coffee is perking before 7 30a.m. Upstairs in the West Wing suite Lucet and his wife Jacqueline Are having break fast. They read papers letter from their six grandchildren and review the Day s schedule a Coffee two luncheons Otie for each of Thema Charit Tea three cocktail receptions Between 5 and 8 ., and an8 Black tie dinner. Typical Day. By mid morning Lucet has had his daily 30-minute briefing by senior Counselor read the stack of overnight cables welcomed a group of French businessmen and listened to a scientist bemoan dwindling water supplies. He will have a Stag lunch at 1 Every Clay of my life Al year around i have a working lunch says the puckish Ambas ambassador Lucet Sador. Lucet is 57, a Rosy cheeked trilingual German French English career office who could be mistaken for a midwestern College s personable prompt has a scholar s memory for names and endears himself to women Young and old by gently kissing their hand in greeting. First the ambassador Mustbe a spokesman for his country maintain dialogue and do sort of Public relations Job with the ," Lucet says the ambassador is a Diplomat. He discusses and negotiates with the state department. Third he must keep As Many contacts As possible in All s a vocation just to know world problems. An ambassador s Job is very interesting and when you re interested i anything it comes Pacific stars & stripes saturday july 15, 1967

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