President Sarkozy

43-Nation Mediterranean Union Created

PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the disparate and conflicted countries around the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday to make peace as European rivals did in the 20th century as he launched an unprecedented Union for the Mediterranean.

"The European and the Mediterranean dreams are inseparable," he told leaders from more than 40 nations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. "We will succeed together; we will fail together."

The union Sarkozy championed as a pillar of his presidency brought together around one table for the first time dignitaries such rival nations as Israel and Syria, Algeria and Morocco, Turkey and Greece.

Coping with age-old enmities involving their peoples and others along the Mediterranean shores will be a central challenge to the new union encompassing some 800 million people.

"We will build peace in the Mediterranean together, like yesterday we built peace in Europe," Sarkozy said. He insisted the new body would not be "North against south, not Europe against the rest ... but united."

French President Sarkozy and the New World Order

In His January 18th, 2008 speech, Mr. Sarkozy made numerous reference to the New World Order.

"The whole question is to know whether we will be capable of building a new order for the 21st century; an order better suited to our globalised world and to the challenges we must face; an order in which all States, be they large or small, will feel that their interests are fully and fairly taken into account."
"In a world that has lost its bearings, where confusion tends to reign precisely because we are in the midst of a transition to an order yet to be invented, I believe it indispensable to state clearly where we stand and the values we hold to be essential."
"The final new departure in our foreign policy concerns the construction of a world order adapted to the emergence of new powers and able to deal effectively with the challenges of the 21st century."

Minister has to deny linking Bush to 9/11 attack


From The Times

July 9, 2007

Minister has to deny linking Bush to 9/11 attack

Charles Bremner in Paris

A French Cabinet minister sought yesterday to play down remarks in which she appeared to say that President Bush may have been behind the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Christine Boutin, 63, Minister for Housing and Town Planning in President Sarkozy’s Government, said that her comments had been distorted in a video that was circulated on the internet.

During an interview with a small French television channel in November, Ms Boutin was asked if the Bush Administration might have been involved in the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York, and the attack on the Pentagon. “I think it is possible,” she said.