Nicolas Sarkozy: At Home Abroad

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PERSUASION: Sarkozy with Russian President Medvedev in September

He may lack the strategic vision of Bismarck or the tactical genius of Talleyrand, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy is clearly drawn to the endless challenges of foreign policy. His rising popularity in France suggests that a majority of French citizens are pleased with their President's diplomatic record. They enjoy his charismatic presence on the world scene, reinforced by the beauty and distinction of his wife, Carla Bruni. Sarkozy's audacious Union for the Mediterranean summit in July 2008 in Paris, and his high visibility in his current six-month stint as President of the European Council, stand in striking contrast to the...

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