France's Sarkozy to make short visit to Japan

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will make a short visit to crisis-hit Japan during a scheduled trip to China this week, an official with his UMP party told AFP on Monday.

Sarkozy, who earlier this month mooted a trip to Japan as a show of solidarity in the name of the G8 and G20 blocs he heads, is due in China on Wednesday and Thursday.

He is to travel to Nanking, China, for a conference on reforming the world monetary system, a priority of his time this year at the head of the G8 and G20 groups of powers.

It was unclear when exactly Sarkozy would go to Japan.

He said on March 17 that "if the opportunity presented itself and if the Japanese authorities agreed, it goes without saying that during my Asia tour, I would go there to show our solidarity."

© 2011 AFP

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