Sarkozy admires Blair

19th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 17 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who makes no secret of his presidential ambitions, said in an interview due out Monday that he admired British Prime Minister Tony Blair more than any other foreign leader.

PARIS, Jan 17 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who makes no secret of his presidential ambitions, said in an interview due out Monday that he admired British Prime Minister Tony Blair more than any other foreign leader.

Sarkozy, a conservative, told the political weekly L'Express that Blair had "managed to reform his country by shifting political lines, rallying the left and reducing part of the right."

He said he also admired Blair for "maintaining his freedom of expression, after six years in office."

 In a side-swipe at the conservative coalition supporting President Jacques Chirac, the minister - who harbours his own presidential ambitions - also said he had "always been sceptical about the possibility of France expressing itself through only two large political movements", on the right and on the left.

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