French President Nicolas Sarkozy is going to spend his vacation at Wolfeboro, a resort town on New Hampshire's largest lake. He is going to stay there for two weeks according to a source who was not authorized to speak about Sarkozy's private travels .
Current and past vacationers there include Drew Barrymore, Taiwan's Madame Chiang Kai-shek and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The picturesque town is on Lake Winnipesaukee, about two hours north of Boston.
The source said the trip will be a private visit.
Rumors of a Sarkozy visit have circulated for weeks.
"We're going to have to get our French flags out, I guess," Town Manager David Owen said when asked about them last month.
A spokesman for New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said officials knew Sarkozy was on his way.
"The governor was aware the president of France is vacationing in New Hampshire," Colin Manning said. "The governor hopes he enjoys his time here. He has offered to assist him in any way he can."
Wolfeboro is used to celebrities. Monaco's Prince Rainier and Princess Grace and author Kurt Vonnegut vacationed here. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and current presidential hopeful, has an 11-acre (4.5-hectare) estate valued at more than $10 million (EUR 7.3 million) on the shore of the lake.
Wolfeboro works to maintain its image as a quaint, New England resort. A trolley named Molly takes visitors from one end of Main Street to the other, and the town is filled with plush summer homes.