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Tony Makara

I must say that I've been impressed by the quick and assured way president Sarkozy has moved into his role. He shows good understanding of foreign relations and takes a keen interest in international finance and forex. Mr Sarkozy is fast becoming the most sensible head of government in Europe today.

Joanna

I think Gardiner is right. Even putting aside the possible transience of Sarkozy's approach, France and the U.S. have very different ways of thinking about international relations, and while Britain and the U.S. usually look at international relations from the same angle(or close); thus, any French-American action will contain a large amount of quid pro quo, while for Britain and the U.S. there tends to be more "Yes, we agree with you--this needs to be dealt with."

Steevo

I basically agree with you Joanna at least up to this point in history. I think for now its a bit up in the air if realities could change in the next few years.

Like Tony I'm also impressed with Sarkozy. This man appears to be genuine and a huge exception. I'm surprised.

Geoff

Tony Makara "Mr Sarkozy is fast becoming the most sensible head of government in Europe today."

Yes very true, although I think you'll concede that he's not up against very stiff competition for the title.

Simon Newman

My impression is that Sarkozy is a strong leader, who should be good for France, and thus hopefully good for the West - a weak France is in nobody's interests. He does seem rather erratic though, it's hard to tell what way he'll go over various issues - Turkey, the Euro-Arab accord, Russia, the War on Terror etc.

Adam in London

France (even under Sarkozy) will always be a very different kettle of fish to Britain. France will always be motivated strictly by her own national interest, and will always see herself as a major power to be treated as an equal to the rest of the UN Security Council Permenant 5.

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