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The US President is weak, the Spanish leader is dim, the German Chancellor is clinging on to France's coat-tails and the head of the European Commission is irrelevant.
That, at any rate, is the world according to President Sarkozy, who has spent the week airing his unvarnished opinions of Barack Obama and an array of international politicians -- abruptly ending France's honeymoon with the US and needling Washington on several strategic issues.
In the latest in a stream of accounts from the Ã‰lysÃ©e Palace, Mr Sarkozy was quoted yesterday as telling an all-party group of MPs that Mr Obama was inexperienced and indecisive. "Obama has a subtle mind, very clever and very charismatic," the French President said. "But he was elected two months ago and had never run a ministry. There are a certain number of things on which he has no position. And he is not always up to standard on decision-making and efficiency."and
Mr Sarkozy was also reported yesterday to have cracked a dubious joke about Europe's "Obamamania". According to L'Express news magazine, he mentioned Mr Obama's planned visit to Normandy for the D-day anniversary in June, saying: "I am going to ask him to walk on the Channel, and he'll do it."How times have changed when a French leader is able to call the President of the USA a wimp, eh?
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