White House sees 'real opportunities' to work with Sarkozy

8th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush sees "real opportunities" to work with French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, despite some likely frictions, the White House said Monday.

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush sees "real opportunities" to work with French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, despite some likely frictions, the White House said Monday.

"The president always hopes for close relations with France," and expects to meet with Sarkozy at a summit of industrialized nations in Germany next month, spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

"Despite some frictions, we continued to work closely with France on a number of important issues during President Chirac's government, and we certainly look forward to cooperation with the French and we know that there's going to be areas of disagreement," said Snow.

"But on the other hand there is certainly real opportunities to work together on a broad range of issues," Snow said after Sarkozy, a rightwinger who has unabashedly praised the United States, won a convincing victory.

Sarkozy scored an emphatic 53-47 percent victory over Socialist Segolene Royal, winning an unambiguous mandate for his program of tax cuts, work incentives and curbs on union powers.


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