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Old 02-05-2009, 06:06 AM
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State Visit from France: April 2009

Sarkozy will do a Visit of State to Spain at the end of April

The president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, will do a Visit of State to Spain at the end of next April, which will make coincide with the annual summit between both countries, in the one that as innovation, will discuss a mechanism unified of cooperation in the fight against the organized crime.

The ambassador of France in Spain, Bruno Delaye, has confirmed the visit of Sarkozy in a meeting with journalists in his residence in Madrid.

Sarkozy hará una visita de Estado a España a finales de abril
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:34 AM
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Acording to newspaper la Voz de Asturias, the visit could began on Monday April 27. On April 28, there will be French - Spanish Conference.

Firma del contrato en la cumbre franco-española de finales de abril - Gijón - www.lavozdeasturias.es
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:16 PM
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official information from casareal.es: 27-29 april

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activities will include a lunch (with the prince and princess), a visit to the prado museum (king, queen, the president and his wife), a gala dinner (with the prince and princess) and a visit to the reina sofia museum (only the queen and carla bruni).
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:53 AM
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LA VISITA DE ESTADO QUE TODOS ESPERAN DEL PRESIDENTE Y LA PRIMERA DAMA DE FRANCIA

Sarkozy and Carla are on the way. The mass media are having two field days ahead, like Christmas and Easter together on one day. It was the same when they came to Britain, Carla-mania broke out in the papers despite the monarch being 82 at that time and no young princess around. It's easy to sparkle if you are a former top model with the world famous home country designers at your feet.

What I find way more interesting than who is wearing what or who looks better than who is how Sarkozy will deal with the height differences (stay away from Felipe at photoshoots!!!) - neither wearing his specially designed platforms or high heels nor standing on his toes will work this time. I guess Sarkozy has already nightmares about Letizia showing up in her double platforms what will leave him as the smallest person in the group.
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:09 AM
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I guess Sarkozy has already nightmares about Letizia showing up in her double platforms what will leave him as the smallest person in the group.
Can't wait to see that....

With the "Zapatero affair" i don't think the spirit of this visit will be particulary friendly....
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:53 AM
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With the "Zapatero affair" i don't think the spirit of this visit will be particulary friendly....
for those who didn't follow the headlines, Sarkozy recently called Zapatero "a bit dim" trying to patch things up:
News - A Step Beyond: Spanish PM dim?

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Carla Bruni to luncheon with Sonsoles Espinosa
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:07 AM
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The press is mad, and the worse thing is that they report very badly and commit many mistakes. The Government has granted the Necklace of the Order of Carlos III to Sarkozy, to Carla the Great Cross that has a minor range. And another mistake that the journalists repeat, the wife of the President of the Government is only the wife of the President of the Government, is not the First Lady. The First Lady is the wife of the Chief of the State, and in Spain there are no the first ladies. The first lady is the Queen.
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The press is mad, and the worse thing is that they report very badly and commit many mistakes.
This may be because Sarkozy, unlike many of his European Counterparts, is no purely ceremonial figurehead but actually quite powerful as he shares responsibilities with the Prime Minister, Mr Fillon (ever heard of him? ), who would be Zapatero's counterpart.

We could already see in the coverage of the G20 that the media got confused with the fact that Heads of State (Obama, Sarkozy) attended next to Prime Ministers etc (Berlusconi, Merkel, Brown). They kept referring to Sarah Brown as "First Lady" what in fact she isn't, as you say lula, the wife of the Prime Minister is the wife of the Prime Minister, nothing more, it is the wife of an elected (male) the Head of State who bears the title First Lady, in Carla's case "Premiere Dame".
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actually, carla's title is not "first lady" either. the french constitution doesn't recognize the role of the "first lady", and therefore there's no such figure. her title is simply the wife of the head of state, or mrs. sarkozy.

there was much debate on whether sarkozy actually said zapatero looked silly or not. i remember them saying he was actually referring to himself.

some info on their condecorations of the order of carlos III. http://www.antena3noticias.com/Porta...-Bruni/5720582
http://www.publico.es/espana/221264/...zy/carla/bruni
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I am very excited with this State Visit. Spain is the the country which loves to receive it! I hope to see Letizia with a different tiara, since in the three last she used the same.

It's a pity Carla Bruni with not have any activit along Letizia (like visiting museum), the both would look great together. I do not want to see Mrs. Sarkozy overshadowing Princess Letizia!

And I truly hope height won't be a problem... (which is difficult having Felipe on it)
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They will arrive at 11:30 o'clock:

TODO A PUNTO PARA LA VISITA DE NICOLÁS SARKOZY Y CARLA BRUNI
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It's a pity Carla Bruni with not have any activit along Letizia (like visiting museum), the both would look great together. I do not want to see Mrs. Sarkozy overshadowing Princess Letizia!
Carla Bruni's equal is Queen Sofia (wife of the Head of State) therefore both women share activities during the State Visit. Not being overshadowed by Mrs Sarkozy is pretty difficult anyway and any visible effort from Letizia's side would just make her look stupid and send out a wrong message. My guess is that she won't even try and the whole thing will be pretty low key from the Spanish "glam" side because any obvious "competition" takes away the focus off the State Visit itself (still difficult enough to keep it there, even without "competition").
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:51 AM
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Programm of the visit, from the Elysee Palace:

Communiqués | Présidence | Déplacement de M. le Président de la République pour une visite d’Etat au royaume d’Espagne et sommet franco-espagnol Ã* Madrid | Elysee.fr | Présidence de la République
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:29 AM
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The Sarkozy arrive to Barajas airport

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I like her dress, but I personally think her blouse makes the outfit look cheap. (I'm not saying the blouse is cheap though. )
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more pictures of the arrival Sarkozy se reúne con Zapatero en su primera visita de Estado a España | España | elmundo.es

i don't mind the blouse, i think the white and black contrast is actually quite nice although the style of the blouse is definitely different to what one would expect to see in a state visit.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrive at Madrid's airport on April 27.
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And I truly hope height won't be a problem... (which is difficult having Felipe on it)
Well, for the fisrt time, Madame Sarkozy is wearing...high heels

Getty Images - French President Nicolas Sarkozy & Carla Bruni Arrive In Madrid
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