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Obama in Paris to meet Sarkozy

Latest update : 2008-07-25

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama arrived in Paris on Friday shortly after 3:30 pm GMT+2 for a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told the French press: "Obama? He's my friend."

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US presidential hopeful Barack Obama arrived in Paris on Friday after drawing 200,000 cheering fans to an open-air speech in Berlin aimed at burnishing his foreign policy credentials.
   
The Democrat was due to meet the rightwing pro-US President Nicolas Sarkozy here on a brief second leg of a European tour before going to London to see British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former prime minister Tony Blair.
   
Sarkozy told Friday's edition of Le Figaro newspaper the 46-year-old Obama, whom he met once in 2006 in Washington along with his 71-year-old Republican rival John McCain, was a "friend."
   
Obama got a rock star welcome for his speech Thursday in Berlin's Tiergarten park, but in Paris he was to make no public appearances except a press conference after meeting Sarkozy.
   
The Illinois Democratic senator will return home to Chicago on Saturday.
  

Date created : 2008-07-25

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