From Sunlen Miller:
After receiving his regular rounds of morning briefings, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn to honor the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz.
"It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart," President Obama said in a statement that also called for flags to be flown at half-staff.
Later in the afternoon, the president will hold a bilateral meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France in the Oval Office and then speak to press, according to the White House.
"As France assumes the Presidency of the G-8 and the G-20 for 2011, the President looks forward to working with President Sarkozy to sustain the global economic recovery and create jobs," the White House said in announcing the visit. "The two Presidents will also discuss a broad range of current foreign policy and security issues."
The president and Sarkozy will then hold a working lunch in the Old Family Dining Room, the White House said.
– Sunlen Miller