MESNIL-LIEUBRAY (AFP) - President Asif Ali Zardari visited his familys stately home in the French countryside Tuesday, as critics in his flood-ravaged homeland slammed his European 'joyride. A French air force helicopter deposited Zardari in the grounds of the Manoir de la Reine Blanche (Manor of the White Queen) for a two-hour stopover in the 16th-century chateau, built for the widow of King Philippe VI. The house was belonged to Zardaris family for 24 years and the presidents father, Hakim Ali Zardari, is a regular summer visitor. Hes a neighbour with whom we have excellent relations, said local mayor Jerome Grisel, who owns a farm immediately adjoining the estate. But while the family is popular in Normandy, many back home in Pakistan are angered by Zardaris decision to spend a week in Europe at a time when monsoon flooding has killed 1,500 people and affected 3.5 million more.