'Vive Sarko!' Say GOP Hopefuls

French prez would be left of center in US, but Republican candidates are fans
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 12:42 PM CDT
President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, talks to U.S. Senator and Republican candidate John McCain, right, during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 5, 2007. Others are unidentified. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The American right may hate the French, but it loves Nicolas Sarkozy. Republican presidential hopefuls have put the Freedom Fries era behind them and embraced the rightish president, the AP reports—despite his occasional tough talk about the American system. Giuliani’s proud that Sarko's been dubbed “the French Rudy,” and Newt Gingrich praises “the boldest campaign in our lifetime.”

Even Mitt Romney, the former missionary to France who uses the country as a generic socialist bogeyman, calls Sarko a “blood brother.” The Clinton campaign has had some fun with Mitt’s renversement: “Considering how often Governor Romney flip-flops," a spokesman said, "he'll be wearing a beret and eating baguettes on the Champs-Elysees next week."