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PARIS — Buoyed by his successful American vacation and positive opinion polls, President Nicolas Sarkozy plunged yesterday into a whirl of diplomacy, including a search for a role in Iraq that would be helpful to Washington.
It is true that, in the past, we did not agree with certain countries about the events in 2003, but all that has been put behind us now, he said in French at a joint press conference with Mr. Talabani, according to the Associated Press. Today, we have to look toward the future.
We must not become accustomed to violence in Iraq, he said.
Opinion polls give Mr. Sarkozy a 65 percent approval rating for his first 100 days in office.
Despite the increasingly positive outlook in U.S.-French relations, differences on some foreign policy issues remain, including the future U.S. role in NATO and Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.
France has been insisting on the need to reduce the extent of the U.S. control in NATO and the need to build an independent European defense force.
On Turkey, Washington has been urging membership in the European Union, while Mr. Sarkozy insists that Turkey is not a European nation and would like to see it in some form of a Mediterranean grouping associated with the union.
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