The girlfriend of France's new president made her first official appearance at the G-8 first ladies' club as she toured the White House in a pair of towering heels.

Valerie Trierweiler wore a pair of stunning black heels as she joined Michelle Obama and some of the most powerful women in the world a tour of the White House.

She still wasn't as tall as Mrs Obama though, who towered above all of her guests, despite the fact that she wore a sensible pair of flat shoes for the occasion.

But Miss Trierweiler's shoes are not the only thing about her to have had heads turning recently.

She has attracted considerable attention across the world because she is the first partner of a French President not to be married. The ladies were also treated to a meal made from produce grown in her White House vegetable garden as a Group of Eight summit got underway.

On the menu was gazpacho, Maryland rockfish with asparagus, grapefruit, Virginia berries, greens from the White House garden and caramelized olive oil; and tangerine sorbet with Virginia strawberries. The first lady and the spouses of six of the Group of Eight leaders were led on a tour of the White House, including the East Room and State Dining Room, by curator Bill Allman.

Mrs Obama hosted events for the spouses of Nato leaders, including an event at a youth centre and a dinner at the Art Institute of Chicago when she travelled with the President to Chicago on Saturday night for the Nato summit.              –MOL