British PM Cameron begins first foreign trip in France
Britain's new leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday to begin his first foreign trip with a working dinner with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Cameron was greeted on the steps of the official residence by a beaming Sarkozy, posed briefly for pictures and headed quickly inside.
The British leader is to visit Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, and in both capitals he will be greeted with a certain trepidation, given his party's history of hostility to European integration and market controls.
Sarkozy nevertheless hopes to convince Cameron to support his plans to reform the world economic system when France takes the helm of the G20 next year, and to work with him to regulate EU financial markets.
© 2010 AFP