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French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Orly airport, south of Paris, on Thursday. The three-day state visit by Mr. Hu marks a dramatic turnaround from the tense ties of two years ago, when Mr. Sarkozy threatened to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics out of anger about China's treatment of Tibet. (Associated Press)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Orly airport, south of Paris, on Thursday. The three-day state visit by Mr. Hu marks a dramatic turnaround from the tense ties of two years ago, when Mr. Sarkozy threatened to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics out of anger about China's treatment of Tibet. (Associated Press)

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