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1 Obamas turn down dinner with Sarkozys on Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:14 pm


Obamas turn down dinner with Sarkozys
PARIS, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama has turned down a dinner invitation from French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, and French media are calling it a snub.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, plan to spend Friday night at the U.S. Embassy in Paris after a day in Germany, The Times of London reported. On Saturday, they will participate in ceremonies in Normandy marking the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The schedule Friday includes a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dresden and a visit to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The Obamas are scheduled to leave Ramstein Air Force Base at 8:30 p.m., which would make for a late dinner, at least by U.S. standards.

French newspapers and comedians have chosen to take Obama's refusal of dinner as a snub coming on top of Sarkozy's snub of Queen Elizabeth II, the only living head of state to have served in the military in World War II. In a last-minute face-saver, Prince Charles has agreed to join Obama and Sarkozy in Normandy.

"Sarkozy has pulled off a double hit: insulting Queen Elizabeth and exasperating Obama," the satirical weekly Canard Enchaine said on Wednesday.

Obama and Sarkozy are scheduled to lunch together in Caen Saturday.

2 Re: Obamas turn down dinner with Sarkozys on Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:39 pm

rosco 357

well i dont know what to make of this really, he is doing lunch, but i have no love for france, they would not allows us to use their air space many times, when we were in military things, and they have always turned us down , but i will say, i think this new guy is much better, but again i have not studied it enough,

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