Obama Hits Paris

Candidate holds meeting, press conference with 'pal' Sarkozy
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 5:47 AM CDT
Barack Obamaapplauds the audience after his speech at the victory column in Berlin yesterday.   (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has arrived in Paris, where the candidate is holding talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy before a joint news conference. Sarkozy rushed back from a summit in the southwest of France to meet Obama at the presidential palace, reports AP. The two first met in 2006 when Sarkozy was running for president and visited Washington.

"Obama? He's my pal," Sarkozy told a French newspaper in an interview today. The president added that he was  not surpised by the senator's primary victory. "Unlike my diplomatic advisers, I never believed in Hillary Clinton's chances. I always said that Obama would be nominated," he remarked. Obama is only spending a few hours in Paris, and leaves this evening for London.