New French Prez Heads to Primary Country

Finally off the campaign trail, Sarkozy plans vacation in NH
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2007 4:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nicolas Sarkozy will set aside French-US tensions when he visits New Hampshire on vacation this month. The trip to Lake Winnipesaukee appears to be purely leisure, the Boston Globe reports, but it may part of the new PM’s promise to improve trans-Atlantic relations. And the town of Wolfeboro already knows how to handle high-profile politicians: Mitt Romney is a homeowner.

Sarkozy is reportedly renting from a Microsoft exec, and neighbors have recently seen security boats casing the lakefront. Local merchants predict a warm welcome: A bookstore offers an assortment of French cheeses if the visitor gets homesick, and, says the store owner, "No one changed the name of the French fries on the menus up here."