Sarkozy era will strengthen Franco-Italian ties

8th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

ROME, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Italy's centre-left prime minister Romano Prodi said Monday he liked Nicolas Sarkozy's open-minded character, adding that Franco-Italian ties would likely strengthen under the next French president.

ROME, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Italy's centre-left prime minister Romano Prodi said Monday he liked Nicolas Sarkozy's open-minded character, adding that Franco-Italian ties would likely strengthen under the next French president.

"He has a character that I like a lot. With Sarkozy it is possible to hold open and clear discussions ... We have worked very, very well together," Prodi told a press conference in Rome.

If Sarkozy carries through on his pledge to focus on Europe during his five-year term as president, the "ties between Italy and France, which have always been very good, will become stronger," Prodi said.

The Italian prime minister acknowledged that he and Sarkozy did not always see eye to eye politically.

"I am from the centre-left, he is from the centre-righ, but our personal relationship is very good. I don't think political differences will ruin our friendship," he said.

Sarkozy, who scored an emphatic 53-47 percent victory over Socialist leader Segolene Royal in Sunday's presidential elections will take over the French presidency from his former mentor, Jacques Chirac, on May 16.


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