Sark Attack

(H/t Alex Massie through h/t Andrew Sullivan) Comes word of some serious wheeling and dealing by Sarkozy against the Russian Bear Putin:

With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia, Mr Levitte said.

“I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin replied.

Mr Sarkozy responded: “Hang him?”

“Why not? The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein,” said Mr Putin.

Mr Sarkozy replied, using the familiar “tu”: “Yes but do you want to end up like (President) Bush?”

Mr Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah, you have scored a point there.

Looks like Sarkozy has a habit now of talking smooth but tough to the Russians.  More evidence here (h/t T Barnett).  Or when he showed some real guts recognizing that Jerusalem is going to have to be shared.

It’s a rare thing on this blog to hear my praise the French government especially on foreign policy (intelligence is another matter where they are excellent).  So here it is.  Yeah he likes to showboat around quite a bit and has a sorta weird man-crush on Obama, but the guy’s instincts are pretty sound seems to me and his touch is quite deft.  Brown as Barnett says is the more the brains on the global finance regulatory side, but Sarkozy might be the better salesmen.

[Full story of the Sarkozy-Putin encounter here.]

Published in: on November 14, 2008 at 9:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sarkozy a separatis: au contraire

For you Canadians out there, I think is a big deal–or just plain old fans of Confederation:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave a ringing endorsement of Canadian unity Friday, ushering in a new era in France’s relations with Canada that strikes a blow to the Quebec sovereignty movement.

In the first speech ever delivered by a French President in the Quebec National Assembly, Mr. Sarkozy said the days when France was always asked to choose between Canada and Quebec are over.

“We [Quebec and France] are equal partners … and we don’t have to exclude anyone. Our relationship is consistent with the place that France occupies in the European Union. You don’t ask us to choose Quebec or the European Union. And our relationship is consistent with the friendship that ties France with Canada,” Mr. Sarkozy said.

Published in: on October 18, 2008 at 8:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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