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PoliCon
10-23-2009, 08:59 PM
Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:52pm IST

By Crispian Balmer

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly.

Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France's international influence.

He has forged especially close ties with Brazil, is seeking alliances in central Asia and is intensifying his activities in the Middle East, using multi-billion dollar military and civilian nuclear trade deals as his calling card.

These initiatives are being played out against a discordant tone in Franco-American relations. This lack of harmony does not constitute a crisis, but is nonetheless raising eyebrows.

"Sarkozy has clearly been thrown off course in his relations with America," said Didier Billion, a senior researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS).

"America remains of primordial importance to him, but things are more complicated than they were a few months ago," he said.

Following his election in 2007, Sarkozy swiftly established a close friendship with the-then U.S. president, George W. Bush, and buried the U.S.-French row over the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

When Obama took office in January, Sarkozy was still glowing from the praise he had received for his accomplished handling of the European Union presidency, and was convinced that he was the natural partner for the new U.S. leader on the world stage. Continued... (http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-43390720091023?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0)

BadCat
10-23-2009, 09:21 PM
France has got us in one area...

their first lady is a LOT better looking than "our" first lady.

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/01_02/033sarkozy_468x707.jpg

PoliCon
10-23-2009, 09:25 PM
France has got us in one area...

their first lady is a LOT better looking than "our" first lady.

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/01_02/033sarkozy_468x707.jpg

and it's ridiculous when the french president is more sensible than the guy who's running this country.