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March 31, 2010 | By Paul Richter
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday rebuffed an American suggestion that he keep some of his country's troops in Afghanistan after a scheduled pullout next year, reasserting that only civilians would continue in the mission. Harper reiterated his stand during a 20-minute meeting in Ottawa with visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Harper made it clear that "Canada will remain engaged, but this is going to be a civilian-based mission," said Dimitri Soudas, his press secretary.
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April 19, 2012 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - Just hours after 40,000 runners gathered at Place de la Concorde, the historic gateway to the French capital, for the start of the Paris Marathon, Nicolas Sarkozy was in the same spot for a rally marking the home stretch of a long reelection campaign. With supermodel wife Carla Bruni in the front row, the French president - and avid runner - clearly intended to show he was in fighting shape to win the race. Unfortunately, last weekend's event evoked an entirely different symbolism: Place de la Concorde is, after all, where King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, lost their heads to the guillotine.
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April 17, 2011 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
French President Nicolas Sarkozy shocked the world by leading the push for a United Nations resolution to use force against Moammar Kadafi in his battle with rebels, and then unleashing French jets to launch the first airstrikes against the Libyan leader's forces. Perhaps more shocking, a celebrity French philosopher has been given much of the credit for sparking the chain of events. A dandied-up French slant on Hemingway, in his bold activism, literary prolificacy and habit of baring a tan chest in unbuttoned white shirts, Bernard-Henri Levy never goes unnoticed.
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February 15, 2012 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
After weeks of what the French press branded "false suspense," President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday night finally announced what everyone expected: He will seek a second term in office. Sarkozy, 57, said it was unthinkable that he would not want to remain in his post given the "unprecedented crisis in France, Europe and the world. " "It would be like a captain saying at the height of a storm that he was giving up," he said on live television. The announcement came as Sarkozy's Socialist Party rival, Francois Hollande, has pulled farther ahead in opinion polls.
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September 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
French commandos stormed a yacht hijacked by Somalian pirates, killing one, capturing six and freeing two French hostages. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the raid was a warning to criminals on the high seas, and he called for other nations to take action against piracy off East Africa. He said Somalian pirates were holding 150 people and at least 15 ships, mainly in Eyl, a Somalian area that serves as a base for the pirates.
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March 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and three top government ministers have been sent anonymous death threats in letters stuffed with bullets, a judicial official said in Paris. Counter-terrorism agents are investigating the mailings to Sarkozy, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Culture Minister Christine Albanel, the official said. The two-page, typed form letters feature disjointed messages addressed to "purveyors of freedom-killing and fascist laws," the official said.
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April 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Vandals defaced the graves of Muslim World War I soldiers in northern France and left behind a severed pig's head at the cemetery, a prosecutor said. Graves in the cemetery at Ablain-Saint-Nazaire were inscribed with anti-Islam slogans, and graffiti singled out Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who is of North African origin, a prosecutor in nearby Arras, Jean-Pierre Valensi, told France-Info radio. He said 148 tombs were targeted. In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the vandalism a form of "unacceptable racism" and said he shares the pain of France's Muslim community, the largest in Western Europe.
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May 22, 2008
French honor: Steven Spielberg met in Paris on Wednesday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who made the 61-year-old filmmaker an officer in the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his work in documenting the Holocaust and his efforts to help the war-racked Darfur region of Sudan. -- Swedish honor: Pink Floyd and soprano Renee Fleming were named winners of Sweden's 2008 Polar Music Prize on Wednesday. The British rock group and the American singer will each receive a cash prize of $168,000 at an Aug. 26 award ceremony in Stockholm, organizers said.
NEWS
November 7, 2008
Campaign aides: An article in Thursday's Section A about tensions between aides loyal to Sen. John McCain and those loyal to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin erred in referring to communication between the camps regarding a telephone interview Palin had with a Canadian comedian who pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The article should have said, "McCain aides said the Palin camp did not notify McCain's senior staff or the State Department about the supposed contact." The word "not" was erroneously left out.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan and Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Standard & Poor's stripped France of its coveted AAA credit rating and downgraded eight other Eurozone countries in a sign the continent's debt crisis has a way to go before being resolved. The action, announced after U.S. markets closed Friday, was somewhat expected since S&P warned in December that it might slash the ratings. Investors already had priced in the downgrades, for the most part — major global stock indexes suffered only moderate declines, and French bond yields went largely unaffected.
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October 21, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
French President Nicolas Sarkozy proved unable to be in two places at once and live up to his nickname "SuperSarko the Omnipresident," missing the birth of his daughter to fly to Germany for talks on the Eurozone crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But upon his return to France, he spoke Thursday of the "very profound joy" felt by him and his wife, Italian-born First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who confirmed that the child had been named Giulia, the Italian form of Julia. "We have been lucky enough to find great happiness.
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September 15, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a historic visit Thursday to the Libyan capital, praising the nation's revolution, urging fugitive former leader Moammar Kadafi to surrender and sending a not-so-subtle message to Syria that room for autocratic rule was shrinking in the region. Both nations played a leading role in the withering NATO air campaign that was essential in toppling Kadafi's rule after more than four decades in power. The two leaders were the first foreign heads of state to visit Libya since Kadafi was ousted from the capital last month and went on the run. "This does go beyond Libya; this is a moment when the Arab spring can become an Arab summer," Cameron told a news conference with Sarkozy and leaders of Libya's transitional government.
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June 24, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Following America's lead, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Thursday that his nation would begin to gradually withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Sarkozy did not specify the number of troops to be brought home but said French forces would start handing over areas they control to the Afghan military. He made his announcement shortly after speaking with President Obama by telephone. In a national address Wednesday, Obama announced that the United States would withdraw 10,000 of its more than 100,000 troops from Afghanistan this year, and another 23,000 by September 2012.
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May 27, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
World leaders agreed Friday to provide financial support to the newly forming governments of Tunisia and Egypt, adopting President Obama's plan to help build lasting democracies in those countries. As they wrapped up their annual summit here, leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized nations directed the International Monetary Fund to provide loans and other financial support. Although they did not commit to specific pledges of financial assistance individually, the leaders suggested they would do so either in direct loans or debt forgiveness or through contributions to international banks and funds.
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April 17, 2011 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
French President Nicolas Sarkozy shocked the world by leading the push for a United Nations resolution to use force against Moammar Kadafi in his battle with rebels, and then unleashing French jets to launch the first airstrikes against the Libyan leader's forces. Perhaps more shocking, a celebrity French philosopher has been given much of the credit for sparking the chain of events. A dandied-up French slant on Hemingway, in his bold activism, literary prolificacy and habit of baring a tan chest in unbuttoned white shirts, Bernard-Henri Levy never goes unnoticed.
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March 20, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
With his popularity at a record low and facing an election next year, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in desperate need of a boost to his political stature. And on Saturday, he got it. The French leader, once dubbed Super Sarko by the local press for his eagerness to take the reins in global crises, summoned leaders from four continents to an emergency war council at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris to agree on military action against strongman Moammar Kadafi in Libya.
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March 19, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Breaking news update: U.S. launches missile strike on Libyan air defenses, Pentagon says. --AP (12:29 p.m.) French President Nicolas Sarkozy signaled the start of military action against Libya Saturday after an emergency summit in Paris of world powers. Jets from an international force were flying missions over Libya, hours after Moammar Kadafi dispatched troops, tanks and warplanes to the heart of the 5-week-old uprising against his rule in a decisive strike on the first city seized by rebels.
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