It was a friendly but subdued gathering at the French Ambassador's residence this evening as Gerard Araud hosted his first social event since the Paris attacks. The occasion was a book party for Elaine Sciolino, former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times and author of "The Only Street In Paris." When he welcomed his guests, Araud said, "To all Americans, we are grateful for the outpouring of solidarity and friendship....You are quite a compassionate people and you have shown it again in this horrible attack.” Elaine, too, was emotional in her comments to the guests. "Tonight we are here in the house of France," she said. "It is a time to mourn and to honor the victims of the terror attacks of November 15. But it is also a time to celebrate a way of life - the French way of life."