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Published on January 12, 2011
Statement by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, during his working visit to Washington

Washington, January 10, 2011

First of all I’d like to tell the American people how deeply shocked the French people have been by the tragedy you’ve just experienced.

I’d like to thank President Obama for his expression of solidarity following the tragedy France has just experienced: the cowardly murder of those two young Frenchmen by barbarians, terrorists.

We, the United States and France, have decided to be allies on the subject of terrorism. We both believe weakness would be deeply reprehensible and we have no option but to fight these terrorists wherever they may be.

Democracies can’t give in; democracies must defend themselves when such fundamental values are at stake.

I talked to the President about the future G20. I stressed to him that France wants to work hand in hand with the United States of America.

We’re in the 21st century; we need new ideas, and we want to propose those new ideas with President Obama, in order to bring prosperity and stability to the world.

I’ve always been a friend of the United States of America; I know the role the United States plays in the world and the role of the dollar as the world’s main currency. So together with Barack Obama I’m going to propose new ideas to both the G20 and the G8.

So our teams are going to work hard together to make proposals which move towards the same goals on the major issues of currency, commodity prices and all the subjects we have on the G20 table, in order to reduce global imbalances.

Finally, I’d like to thank Barack Obama for his leadership and the determination he has always shown in all our discussions to get to the heart of issues. And I very much value this openness and willingness to talk.

I am convinced that this year, 2011, thanks to him, we’ll be able to provide structural answers to the major global imbalances.

Thank you./.

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