November 7, 2007

France and the United States alliance

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the friendship between France and the United States and paid tribute to American sacrifices in World War II, in a rare address to the US Congress. Arriving for a joint session of the US Senate and the House of Representatives, the French leader received a lengthy and warm applause, including several standing ovations, as he praised the United States for its world influence.

Sarkozy was speaking a day after receiving an effusive welcome from President George W. Bush at an exclusive reception. French-US ties had soured under Sarkozy's predecessor Jacques Chirac who firmly opposed the war in Iraq and the US-led invasion in 2003. But Sarkozy, who is often called "Sarko the American" is one of the most pro-US French leaders in decades and clearly aims to show Bush and Americans that France has turned a page on the past.

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