t the Great Tsarskosel’sky Palace (Velikii Tsarskosel’skii dvorets), Nicholas II pronounced a gracious toast to Loubet during the French president’s first evening in Russia:

"In bidding you welcome with all my heart, Monsieur le President, I would like to hope that your stay among us will offer you the best testimony of the feelings which unite France and Russia. May you take away from it memories similar to those of just a few days—so pleasantly spent in France last year—which we, the empress and myself, shall hold onto forever. I lift my glass in your honor, Monsieur le President, and to the greatness and the prosperity of that beautiful country, friend and ally." Click here to view the original French.

On May 10th, 1902, just before President’s departure, the Russian royals enjoyed breakfast with Loubet aboard "Montcalme." Since the boat itself represents a parcel of the French Republic, Nicholas II expressed both a strong sense of solidarity between his and Loubet’s country and an especial delight at the thought of finding himself aboard a symbolic, floating France:

"...it is with particular pleasure that we have the sense of being in France aboard this handsome structure. We cordially thank you for your visit, Monsieur le President, and we ask that you convey our most heartfelt messages, as well as our best wishes, to France—faithful friend and invariable ally of Russia." Click here to view the original French.