In his last foreign tour as head of the EU’s rotating presidency, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Rio for a Brazil-EU summit and has backed the country's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
REUTERS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy backed
"I'm being honest when I say we need
"I think we need
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hailed last month's G20 summit of leading economies in
Sarkozy, who is expected to sign a major defense cooperation deal with Lula on Tuesday, said
"Europe will work hand in hand with
Lula joined Sarkozy in calling for governments to take a greater role in their economies, including the
"President Obama has a responsibility on his back that few presidents in the world have," Lula said in a speech, referring to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
"He will take office with a crisis that the
Sarkozy is expected to sign an arms deal with
The plan foresees tax cuts and financing mechanisms to help build up a domestic arms industry and ensure weapons acquisitions.
Brazilian officials deny that the overhaul and increased military spending are aimed at keeping pace with active arms-buying by
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