Bush liked 'blunt' Sarkozy

13th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2007 (AFP) - It's no secret that US President George W. Bush likes world leaders who speak their mind -- and "no-one has been as blunt" as France's new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, a senior Bush aide said Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2007 (AFP) - It's no secret that US President George W. Bush likes world leaders who speak their mind -- and "no-one has been as blunt" as France's new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, a senior Bush aide said Tuesday.

"Over the years, President Bush has met with many different world leaders. No-one has been as blunt as President Sarkozy. He's a lot like the president in that regard," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The aide did not offer details, though Bush publicly if diplomatically disagreed with Sarkozy's suggestion for a six-month break in talks on the future status of the province of Kosovo.

"They had a very good meeting. They got along very well," the aide said of their talks on the sidelines of a summit of industrialized nations in Germany. "He (Bush) looks forward to seeing him (Sarkozy) again soon."

US officials also noted that "president Sarkozy asked a lot of questions of the president" as part of "a wide-ranging discussion" of world affairs, the aide said.

Sarkozy's election victory appears to have softened anti-French attitudes cultivated by many prominent US conservatives disgusted by France's opposition to the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

US officials said that the high-stakes diplomatic feud soured Bush's never-warm relations with Sarkozy's predecessor, Jacques Chirac, although they later approvingly cited Chirac's leadership on the crisis in Lebanon.


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