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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 12/03/2009

Sarkozy wants to upgrade his own role

The left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung writes that President Nicolas Sarkozy is not only interested in consolidating France's leadership position in Nato: "The egomaniac in the Elysée also wants to valorise his own role. He sees himself in a league with the US president, who he claimed as a good friend ('Obama? C'est mon copain!') even before [Baracl] Obama was elected. Sarkozy's affinity for the US has led to his being nicknamed 'Sarko l'Américain' at home, an epithet he does not object to at all. ... As opposed to his predecessor, Sarkozy wants the kind of leadership role hitherto only imaginable for such weighty players as the British or the Germans. But with its special relationship to the US London declines such a role, while Berlin is not in a position to adopt it. However to be a vocal partner in the alliance you need full membership. For Sarkozoy the French should not only provide money and soldiers, they should also have a say when strategic questions are being decided."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 22/04/2008

A Chinese headache for French diplomacy

Nicolas Sarkozy must finally make up his mind to adopt a clear stance regarding China, Gerd Kröncke writes. "France's president promised at the beginning of his term in office a year ago that there would be a return to higher moral standards in foreign policy. We haven't seen much of that in his relations with China so far. He's been prevaricating about the question of whether to meet the Dalai Lama as his German counterpart Angela Merkel did on April 23. As far as Tibet's concerned, Rama Yade, his young state secretary in charge of foreign affairs and human rights, has appeared much more resolute. Sarkozy must now make it clear whose side he's on. He had no influence over Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë's declaring the Dalai Lama an honorary citizen of the city, but the Chinese have no idea about these things anyway."

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