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President Obama confers Monday with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "There's still too many imbalances in the world economy that are inhibiting the prospects of growth," Mr. Sarkozy said. (Associated Press)

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President Obama meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. As France assumes the presidency of the G-8 and the G-20 for 2011, Mr. Obama and Mr. Sarkozy will discuss a broad range of current financial, foreign policy and security issues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) listens as President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington in March 2010. Mr. Sarkozy meets with Mr. Obama on Monday to discuss the international financial system, among other matters. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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The DGSE in Paris, the French answer to the CIA, is recruiting, getting more funding and opening its cloak as part of President Nicolas Sarkozy's efforts to keep France a step ahead of its 21st-century enemies and threats like terrorism and nuclear proliferation. (Associated Press)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, looks over papers with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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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)

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President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to sign the pension reform measure into law this week. Polls show Mr. Sarkozy's approval rating had dropped below 30 percent for the first time. (Associated Press)

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Protesters gather at the Place de la Bastille in Paris on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at the start of a demonstration against French President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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A woman demonstrates with a dog with a poster reading "Sarkozy dismissal" in Lyon, central France, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. French commuters squeezed onto limited trains or fought for rare parking spots Thursday as a second round of strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62 hobbled trains, planes and schools across the country. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters on Monday. "The financial crisis is severe in the rich countries, it creates deficits," he said, "but its consequences are far worse for the poor countries." (Associated Press)

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) speaks with Romanian President Traian Basescu during a roundtable meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. A summit of government leaders seeking to mold a united European Union front on the global stage opened in disarray over France's expulsion of Gypsies and comparisons with World War II deportations.

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Japan born British actress Olivia de Havilland, left, with British born actress Jacqueline Bisset, after being awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Sept. 9 2010 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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Romanian Gypsy leader Iulian Radulescu on Wednesday compared French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Romania's pro-Nazi wartime leader following the expulsion of hundreds of Gypsies from France. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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** FILE ** Protesters march in Marseille, France, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, to demonstrate against plans by President Nicolas Sarkozy's government to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. The banner reads: "Fighting Together. For what we got, our future, our pension." (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech in Grenoble, France, on Friday, July 30, 2010. Mr. Sarkozy said in the address that he wants to revoke the French citizenship of immigrants who endanger the lives of police officers. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy is pictured during filming of a scene of the movie "Midnight in Paris", directed by Woody Allen, in Paris, Wednesday, July 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) stands in his command car with Chief of Staff Adm. Edouard Guillaud (standing at right) during Bastille Day ceremonies in Paris on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Thirteen African countries were invited to the ceremonies. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)