April 2, 2012
JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS: SEVENTH CONVERSATION III
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today JFK+50 continues our report on the seventh conversation from “Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” published by Hyperion.
The seventh conversation was recorded on June 3, 1964.
Arthur Schlesinger asks:
“Were there any Frenchmen whom (JFK) liked & trusted?”
Jacqueline Kennedy answers:
“Only one I know is Segonzac.”*
“But….basically he didn’t like the French, & I loathe the French. There’s not one French person I can think of except–maybe two very simple people. Maybe Boudin**, who’s so un-French. You know, they’re really not very nice. They’re all for themselves.”
Schlesinger asks about the relationship between JFK & Malraux.
Mrs. Kennedy says:
“Well, Malraux would talk brilliantly & so would Jack, & (McGeorge) Bundy would always be there. It was a wonderful exchange.”
In regard to President Charles de Gaulle’s opinion of her husband, Mrs. Kennedy says that “he really looked up to him.”
*Adalbert de Segonzac (1920-2002), born in France, was Washington correspondent of France-Soir, 1956-1976.
**Stephane Boudin was a French interior designer & a president of Maison Jansen who advised Mrs. Kennedy on the White House restoration.