August 8th, 2007
03:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Bush to meet with new French president

Bush is slated to meet with Sarkozy this weekend.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will meet with newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy while the French leader is on vacation in the United States, the White House announced Wednesday.

The meeting will take place Saturday at the Kennebunkport, Maine, home of the U.S. leader's father, White House spokesman Tony Snow said. Sarkozy and his wife, Cecilia, are currently vacationing in nearby New Hampshire.

"I'm sure they'll talk about some international matters, but this is not a summit," Snow said. "This is not something with an agenda. The agenda is: Come by, and let's visit."

He said the United States is "on the verge of a new era of relations with the French, which is a good thing. And the president believes in building personal relationships with other heads of state."

Ties between Washington and Paris were strained by the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, which Sarkozy's predecessor, Jacques Chirac, opposed. Upon winning office, Sarkozy pledged that the United States "can rely on our friendship."

The Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, known as Walker's Point, was used for a similar meeting between Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in early July. Snow said the home was chosen again as a matter of convenience, since the Sarkozys are nearby.

He said the invitation was extended by first lady Laura Bush to Cecilia Sarkozy during the Group of Eight economic summit in Germany. At that time, President Sarkozy did tell reporters he planned to come to America this summer, but was not specific about any potential meetings with the Bush family.

- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jill - Metairie, LA

    Bush is a profound terminal idiot! God Bless the Day when he leaves the White House!

    August 8, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Pamela, Boise, ID

    2 giant egos in the same room–watch out!!

    August 8, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Let's hope he doesn't freak out when he sees cameras this time.

    August 8, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. nv, Chicago IL

    no he isn't, he's cold & calculated...just the most visible part of a hidden agenda...

    August 8, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Sean CA

    Has he ever held a meeting, in I don't know maybe Washington? Why is he always in Texas, Maine, or Camp David? How many vacations do you actually need?

    August 8, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    If Bush cannot go to France, then France must go to Bush.

    Actually, everyone must go to Bush, because Bush can barely find Barry Bonds, much less Al Queda and Bin Laden.

    Can we please impeach this crook?

    August 8, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Paul, Kissimmee Fla.

    Why don't all of you liberals whine about our failing congress? Bush can do no right in your eyes because you suffer from tunnel vision.

    August 8, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    A few years ago Laura was joking “jabbing” George, talking story about George Bush “milking” a Bull and, yes, thoroughly enjoying it, both Laura and George that is. Now she’s making dates for him with a French guy. OOPS look out next think you know we will be seeing a Rainbow on the Whitehouse.

    August 8, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Marinemomof3, Oceanside, CA

    President Clinton only spent 152 days on vacation, that’s less than half the amount of time on vacation in 8 years than Bush’s in only 6.

    These are the figures for the
    (p)resident as of January 12, 2007

    August 8, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. CMS, CA

    Come on Sean, do you think a President really goes on vacation? He is briefed daily on security and operations. Its a 24×7 job like the military; ever notice how quickly ANY president ages?

    August 9, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  11. mr red state usa

    he is still our commander in chief, so show him respect!!

    you whiners and cool aid drinkers make me sick!

    support your government!

    August 9, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. Mrs. America

    Isn't is interesting that when the French get a president who purportedly likes America, Americans don't seem to like him? (Or is it the negative feelings people have toward George Bush that affects how people feel about Sarkozy–not counting the boat incident?) I wonder how many people remember from history class that without the aid of the French, the U.S. may very well still be under British rule.

    August 9, 2007 04:07 am at 4:07 am |