Sarko Won't Boycott Beijing

French president confirms he's going to the games after all
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 9:26 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao as they hold a bilateral meeting at the G8 summit in Toyako, Japan, Wednesday, July 9, 2008.    (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – Nicolas Sarkozy is backing off his threats to boycott the Beijing Olympics to protest China’s treatment of Tibet, the BBC reports. Sarkozy met with China’s president at the G8 summit, and now confirms that he will attend the opening ceremony. The French president said he made the decision after consulting other EU nations, since France currently holds the EU presidency.