French Prez Warns of 'Bombing Iran' Over Nukes
Sarko calls for more sanctions
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 4:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy took a bead on Iran in his first major foreign policy speech yesterday, suggesting that if Iran's nuclear weapons program wasn't halted, bombing could be the only alternative. He called Iran's atomic ambitions "without doubt the most serious crisis that weighs today on the international scene.”

Addressing French diplomats, he called for tighter sanctions on Iran combined with incentives to Tehran to set aside its nuclear ambitions, reports the Times of London.“This initiative is the only one that can enable us to escape an alternative that I say is catastrophic: the Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran,” Sarkozy said.