Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sarkozy & Merkel - kissing cousins - Sarkozy et Merkel relancent la coopération franco-allemande - L'Express

From a North-American perspective, seeing pictures of Jacques Chirac kissing the hand of a government dignitary looked gauche and antiquated. Reading that Nicolas Sarkozy and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel kissed each other on the cheek, called each other by their first names and used the familiar "tu" is a bit over the top as well.

Ni Stephen Harper, ni Jean Charest ne se tutoient pas et je ne pense pas qu'il viendrait à l'esprit de M. Harper d'embrasser la Reine d'Angleterre. La presse dit que la France entre dans une nouvelle époque - je me demande quelles autres surprises nous attendent?

Public opinion in France, according to the Nouvel Observateur, is interestingly divided as to where the country is going.

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