November 8th, 2007
10:55 AM ET
15 years ago

The French reconnection

Watch Ed Henry's report about how Bush has become cozy with Sarkozy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the toast of the down during his first official visit to Washington, D.C.  Ed Henry reports.

Related video: Sarkozy: A love story 

Related: French president pledges a renewed alliance with U.S.

Filed under: President Bush
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  1. Karen,ny

    Tell you something else too. The Irish and the Italian are no better! They all belong in some kind of therapy!

    November 8, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Watching the video of Bush and this guy yesterday made it seem like they were long-lost college buddies or something. Bush was in his very comical, casual mode, always slapping Sarkozy on the back and laughing and everything.

    November 8, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    Wanna know why the President of France is willing to stand side by side with the U.S. against Iran?
    1-He knows Bush (and his out-of-box and off-the-wall foreign policy) is on his way out of power.
    2-The French, and most Americans know a more moderate person (Hillary) will probably be elected (Hillary)which is customary in the history of nations.
    3-Our economy is in the toilet, and for the first time in generations, the French now have an opportunity to capitalize by leveraging thier middle east ventures and the strength of the Euro against the US because the dollar is sinking to the toilet, and thanks to Bush and his (out-of-the-box and off-the-wall) foreign policy...the US is welcome in very few places in the developing world–where the French already have a toehold.
    Thanks again, RNC and President Bush! We've made such progress in the world...please...stop helping!!!

    November 8, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the little frogsters paid off their World War 2 war loans? They must still owe us $ billions. The British paid us back. It took them 60 years but they paid us. The French on the other hand have never been reliable. And they don't bathe nearly often enough either.

    November 8, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Bob, Seattle

    The dems want the U.S. to engage in diplomacy. When President Bush is successful in diplomatic relationships, the dems complain about that as well. Shame on the dems for their failure to ever grant grace and kuddos when they are deserved. If the dems were ever to acknowledge a good deed by President Bush, one might actually listen to what they have to say.

    November 8, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. therealist

    Just look at Frenchy grovel. Whose still not convinced we're winning in Iraq??

    November 8, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    It's about time that the French used a little common sense, instead of the same old jealousy and undermining behavior we witnessed during the Chirac era. Although I'm sure secular Europe loathes Sarkozy, it's good to see that we do have a counterpart who is unwilling to bow before the "Let's all hold hands as brothers" crowd who believe we can cure the behavior of Iran and other terrorist regimes by trying to understand them. Well, I for one understand them perfectly–they want to destroy us!

    November 8, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Lorenz, Queens, Ny

    this man does not represent the French people

    November 8, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. demwit

    Did you see Nancy groveling to Sarkozy? Much like Sarkozy is groveling to Bush above.. Call me crazy but the Harry and Nancy show is looking a lot more like a flee circus on the back of Bush's new poodle..

    November 8, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Jack, Chester, VA

    if he doesn't represent the French people, then why did they elect him President? hmmm. Its nice to actually have a foreign leader in support of the US.

    November 8, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    to Gary..Detroit...
    The loans to the French were forgiven...this was a carrot a former administration paid out to try to get them back into NATO. As for bathing, I know for a fact, that most french bath may be somewhat different from your 90 gallon shower w/ Irish Spring...nonetheless...they do not stink. And, French women, only allow their underarm hair to grow because of personal preference.

    November 8, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    This was qouted from Bob in seattle: The dems want the U.S. to engage in diplomacy. When President Bush is successful in diplomatic relationships

    Bob, Bob...are you nuts. The only thing this President has done successfully is stay of coke and alcohol presumably...everything else he has put his hands on has turned to doggy-doo. That's enough...I've got to go back to work. I can't take this!!!

    November 8, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. christian, selden, ny

    Brad, from the great state of Texas

    that is so completely out of touch with everything!! yea the french want to destroy us... are you kdding me? and you think the french dont like us because they are jealous??? america is the children of the world we are spoiled and take almost everything for granted only america would consider other countries "haters"....we proclaim values but in reality have none..what do the french have to be jealous of!?!? they have better health care more culture and a gov. that works for the people i dont think they would want to live here....and president bush is from texas so i dont think your state is as great and you want to tell everyone it is...

    November 8, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Hank, Fort Meyers

    Thanks for your comments. I wish my mortgage would be forgiven. Was any of the loan paid back or was the entire debt written off?

    P.S. I don't mind the hair.

    November 8, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |


    November 8, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Brian, Amherst MA

    Wow, it's great to see slurs thrown around about other nationalities. You make such a great case for foreign nations to like us.

    November 8, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. joseph, austin, tx

    and president bush is from texas so i dont think your state is as great and you want to tell everyone it is…

    Posted By christian, selden, ny : November 8, 2007 1:37 pm

    You are truly more enlightened than everyone else, but to correct you Bush isnt from Texas, he just moved here, like hillary and NY. I think Brad from Texas was talking about Iran wanting to destroy us, but since he didnt spell it out for you I can understand how you thought he was refering to the french. By the way Texas IS the greatest state in the union.

    November 8, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Before asking others to read more history, Rainie from Ft Myers should take do it herself. Americans are the one who rescued the modern French numerous times, World War I, World War II, the Cold War....

    Rainie, I presume you are confusing modern French with the monarch French who helped Americans gained independence. Those French who helped us have their heads chopped off by modern French - something called "The French Revolution", you know?

    November 8, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Bob is hard to give props to this president, especially when it was France's new government that is seeking to re-connect relations with the U.S. perhaps an agenda is brewing, perhaps this guy just has a different style of politics... I'm not sure how much President Bush did here... in any case if this signals a new relationship in the world then good for Pres. Bush and his administration I hope they can keep it up... we need help from more countries and having the French do counts...

    November 8, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Christian, you obviously are not reading for comprehension. It's not the French who want to destroy us, it's the terrorists (who the secularists try to "understand"), and Sarkozy, much like Bush, recognizes the enemy. While I do agree with you that many Americans are spoiled and unappreciative, the French are indeed jealous of us because of our prosperity. And you are right to say that the French government works for them–so much so that the French have become lazy and expect handouts, which is the reason why their economic growth is abysmal and unemployment is sky high!! And lastly, Bush is not a native Texan!

    November 8, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Chris chicago, IL

    That is quite a story. I think that one tops Joan of Arc.

    November 8, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    The only reason Bush is so Palsy with
    Sarkozy is because Sarkozy is the new kid on the International Block.

    Bush hasn't any pals left on the international playing fields. By his own hand he has turned every leader of Great Nations around the world against him. Even his great friend Putin won't accept dinner invitations anymore!

    Watta a Leader! Watta Joke!

    Fear not. Sarkozy is no fool. Dubyah will pay dearly for his friendship. Sarkozy will likely be receiving more than Musharaf for his feigned loyalty.

    November 8, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |


    November 9, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |