Brown launches French version of his website

20th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 20, 2007 (AFP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday signalled an even closer relationship with the country's neighbours over the Channel by launching a version of his own website in French.

LONDON, July 20, 2007 (AFP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday signalled an even closer relationship with the country's neighbours over the Channel by launching a version of his own website in French.

The site - www.pm.gov.uk/output/page12382.asp - has the same format as the English version and promises "a host of interesting content" on the prime minister as well as the history and function of the British government.

Brown, who took over from the fluent French-speaker and Francophile Tony Blair last month, met President Nicolas Sarkokzy in Paris Friday, where the two pledged to work closely on issues such as Darfur and counter-terrorism.

A Downing Street spokesman said of the new Internet venture: "Our website has proved very popular and we are keen to make it more accessible to people in the UK and around the world.

"Translating the site into French is an important step in that direction."

The French site is the second Downing Street site in a foreign language: an Arabic microsite was launched in June.

Sarkozy and Brown made each other's acquaintance while they were both serving as finance ministers in 2004, and they been effusive in expressions of mutual admiration.

Officials in both governments hope their relationship will mark an improvement on the often strained ties between their predecessors Jacques Chirac and Tony Blair, who disagreed notably on EU farm aid and the Iraq war.


Copryight AFP

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