Photo exhibition: Jackie Kennedy strolls through Biarritz
On the Basque coast, in front of the old train station or on the lighthouse golf course, 164 photos of the Kennedy family - some of them taken in the 1930s in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques town - are on display across Biarritz until September 5. L'Jackie and the Kennedys" exhibition revisits the lives of the legendary American presidential couple, with a special focus on the former First Lady.
"I'm visiting the exhibition several times," says Dominique, happy that the photos of "such a romantic couple" are within her 10 km radius. Christiane is less enchanted: "Jackie didn't like de Gaulle", says the Biarrote, astonished to learn that the wife of the 35th President of the United States had come to Biarritz on vacation: "But where are the photos, then? There aren't any...
At 20, JFK had "flirted with a young woman from Biarritz".
"Jackie came here when she was still a student with a friend, then came back with her children, but we don't have any photos," admits Frédéric Lecomte-Dieu, Jackie Kennedy biographer and curator of the exhibition. He did, however, find a few photos of John Kennedy, aged 20, when he came to the Basque coast in 1937 on a tour of France and Europe. "During his vacations, he flirted with a young woman from Biarritz, but she was always chaperoned by a friend," he recounts in a letter to his father Joseph Kennedy. "This lady would be over 100 years old today, so my chances of finding her are slim!