Sarkozy, Chirac make joint museum visit

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3 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his predecessor Jacques Chirac on Wednesday made a joint visit to a Paris museum of oriental arts, in the company of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.

3 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his predecessor Jacques Chirac on Wednesday made a joint visit to a Paris museum of oriental arts, in the company of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.

According to Sarkozy's office, the president invited Chirac -- a keen amateur of eastern arts who oversaw the renovation of the Guimet Museum in Paris -- to take part in the visit.

Mittal donated the museum a Himalayan bronze of Avalokiteshvara, the most widely revered bodhisattva in Buddhism.

The visiting industrialist is chief executive of newly formed Arcelor Mittal, the world's biggest steel producer, created through the takeover of European group Arcelor by Mittal Steel.

European aerospace group EADS is due to recommend his appointment to its board of directors, as part of a management overhaul in response to problems at the group, particularly at plane-making unit Airbus.

AFP

Subject: German news

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