French president Sarkozy, wife Bruni arrive in New York

17th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrived in New York on Friday ahead of lunch with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a birthday concert for Nelson Mandela.

New York – French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrived in New York on Friday ahead of lunch with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a birthday concert for Nelson Mandela.

An AFP photographer watched the French first couple arrive in the city after arriving aboard an Air France jet that landed slightly before 10:00 pm (0200 GMT).

The pair are staying in the Carlyle Hotel, in Manhattan's Upper East Side, and police details were in place to keep photographers and journalists away from the president and his wife.

Sarkozy is scheduled for a working lunch with Ban at the French consulate on Friday, which will focus "mainly on major global topics, notably climate issues and reforming global governance," the Sarkozy's office said in a statement.

Their meeting will also be an opportunity to review regional crises and peacekeeping operations, the statement said.

Sarkozy will attend a Saturday concert in honor of Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist who went on to become South Africa's president, with his wife Carla, who will sing for the legendary political leader.

A number of other artists, including Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, will perform for Mandela, who is turning 91.

The Sarkozys will return to Paris immediately after the concert.

AFP / Expatica

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