Sarkomania Hits Britain

Queen welcomes French president, ex-model wife for state visit
By Daniel Kibblesmith,  Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2008 11:32 AM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Britain's Prince Philip, from left, stand during the welcoming ceremony at Windsor Castle near...   (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, pool)
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(Newser) – The British press is in the full throes of Sarkomania as the French prez and wife Carla Bruni arrived today. The Sarkozys were met by Prince Charles, who accompanied them to Windsor Palace—where Queen Elizabeth obliged with a full royal welcome, followed by a state banquet. Nicolas Sarkozy said he hopes the two nations progress from "being cordial to being friendly."

Sarkozy will meet with PM Gordon Brown tomorrow, while Bruni and Brown's much-lower-profile wife Sarah settle in for some QT. With the media wondering how the president will fare with British fare, the chef preparing tomorrow's lunch has been instructed to present the best in local cooking, but, he told the Telegraph, "I cannot serve him English wine."