PARIS -- They say that Paris is the city for lovers, and love was indeed on display Friday afternoon at a joint press availability at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where French President Nicolas Sarkozy all but endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, for president.
"Obviously one is interested in a candidate looking towards the future rather than the past," Sarkozy said, in French, which was translated by his office for reporters.. "We say good luck to Barack Obama. If he is chosen France will be delighted and if it’s someone else then France will be the friend of the United States of America."
Sarkozy said the "French have been following with passion the election campaign in the United States...Barack Obama’s America is an adventure rings true in the hearts" of French.
The diminutive French president said the French would "work with whoever wins, but I'm especially happy to be meeting with the senator…There's a tremendous sense of impatience or looking forward to the great American nation choosing its next president so we can do things together."
When asked by a reporter if Sarkozy was endorsing Obama, the French president did not deny it. Sarkozy was quoted in Le Figaro this morning calling Obama his "pal." But this took it all much, much further.
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