French President Visits United States

March 30, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave Columbia University on March 29 in New York after he delivered a speech to students.  (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave Columbia University on March 29 in New York after he delivered a speech to students. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in the United States on Monday for a two-day visit. Sarkozy kicked of his visit by addressing students at Colombia University, urging the United States to lead the way in preventing future economic crises.

 "You should reflect on what it means to be the world's No. 1 power," he said, AP reports.

On Afghanistan Sarkozy said that France “will remain at your side," reiterating that France is a close friend and ally to the United States especially in fighting terrorism.

While Sarkozy’s speech was intended to cover the 200-year-old French-American friendship, he said that “speeches kill off creativity,” and talked mainly about current issues. He expressed his surprise about the health care discussion in the United States. The visit to the United States comes as a good chance for Sarkozy to boost his popularity in France. 

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