Sarkozy to fly home for archbishop's funeral

9th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will fly home from his US vacation to attend the funeral Friday of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the retired archbishop of Paris, in Notre Dame Cathedral, his office said.

PARIS, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will fly home from his US vacation to attend the funeral Friday of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the retired archbishop of Paris, in Notre Dame Cathedral, his office said.

Lustiger, a pivotal and highly respected figure in French religious life who served as Paris archbishop for 25 years until 2005, died on Sunday aged 80.

After the ceremony in Paris Sarkozy will head back to the United States where he is to meet Saturday with George W. Bush at the US president's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The two will have a private lunch along with French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy and her US counterpart Laura Bush.

Sarkozy and his family have been vacationing since last week in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, just 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Kennebunkport.


AFP

Subject: French news

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