Sarkozy holds out friendly hand to US, urges action on global warming

6th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 6, 2007 (AFP) - President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy said Sunday that the United States can count on friendship from France but urged Washington to show leadership in the struggle against global warming.

PARIS, May 6, 2007 (AFP) - President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy said Sunday that the United States can count on friendship from France but urged Washington to show leadership in the struggle against global warming.

Sarkozy, who won Sunday's presidential election to succeed Jacques Chirac, said "a great nation like the United States has the duty to not create obstacles in the struggle against global warming."

"Quite the contrary, it should take the lead in this battle because what is at stake is all of humanity," said the rightwinger, who won 53 percent of the vote, according to projections.

"France will make this battle it's first battle," he said.

The Republican administration of US President George W. Bush has refused to adopt the Kyoto treaty against climate change, arguing the economic costs would be crippling and the science remained unclear.

Bush had telephoned Sarkozy to congratulate him, a White House spokesman said.

"The United States and France are historic allies and partners. President Bush looks forward to working with President-elect Sarkozy as we continue our strong alliance,"  said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.


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