At least 116 people were killed in the crash, nearly half of whom were French.
The administration said Russia must "take immediate steps toward de-escalation” in Ukraine.
Merkel wants to "maintain a high level of data protection."
Obama said Americans have grown to love “all things French."
The president declined to name a favorite between France and the U.K.
Obama will be the first president to attend D-Day ceremonies twice during his time in office.
More than 100 French companies traveled to Iran’s capital of Tehran this week to do business.
The spokesman said the French president's separation won't pose logistical challenges.
The French president’s burgeoning sex scandal is emerging as a diplomatic headache.
The state visit comes as France is clashing with President Obama over Iran.
French president said delivery of the carriers depended on "Russia's attitude."
French President Hollande is set to have two dinners Thursday — with Putin and Obama.
PHOTOS | President François Holland visits the U.S.
Poll found 78 percent of people in the United States have a favorable view of the country.
Obama said businesses should be wary of entering Iran until a final nuclear deal is done.
White House called climate change a key theme in U.S.-French relationship.
Sources blamed "incompatible schedules," not a deliberate snub.
The separation comes two weeks after a report that he was having an affair.
Hollande vowed to choose between his partner and his mistress in time for a state dinner.
The Israeli prime minister praised France's “courageous stance” against Iran.