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Old 02-29-2008, 09:45 AM
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I'm sure the new first lady is capable of being charming, she did get him to marry her rather quickly after all so she must have some social talent.
Lol, I think it was rather him who was willing to marry very quickly. He couldn't go on without having a first lady. Even if France has no law against a single President ruling, it's still not well seen to live alone in the Palais de l'Elysee. The problem of visiting other countries made him took the decision, I believe. India didn't allow him to come with Carla because they weren't married. She couldn't stay his girlfriend forever so he decided to marry her.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:41 PM
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Is it possible?
Is the Queen unpopular in France? Why would he have brownie points for snubbing her?
I don't imagine the Queen having anything like the unpopularity of Bush, the snubbing of whom the former Madame Sarkozy had brownie points, I think.
But I have no idea of what are the general feelings toward Her Majesty in France.... so I am curious about the response.
It isn't so much the Queen herself as the Queen being the embodiment of Britain. Britain and France don't have that smooth a relationship, and it's quite popular in either country if their leaders can manage to deliver a put-down to the other.
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:57 PM
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It isn't so much the Queen herself as the Queen being the embodiment of Britain. Britain and France don't have that smooth a relationship, and it's quite popular in either country if their leaders can manage to deliver a put-down to the other.
Ah yes, that makes more sense.

Well, I am eager for the state visit all the same, because I think this will be the new Madame Sarkozy's first such visit, and it will be interesting to see how she handles it. So far the only experience of her as first lady has been of a very unofficial nature. I hope she handles herself better than the former Mme. I was never much impressed by the former, although her snub against Bush was well done, imo, hehe.
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:25 PM
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The President and Mme Sarkozy are on their way back from an official visit to South Africa, the first state visit for her.
From what I have seen and read, she was a fine first lady.
I am starting to get eager for the state visit as well...
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:37 PM
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because I think this will be the new Madame Sarkozy's first such visit
Yes and not.The presidential couple is currently in South Africa for an official visit. She's doing her duty quite well, very discreet. The only odd thing is her "total black" wardrobe (4 or 5 outfits during the first day of the visit, only in black...). She visited an Aids clinic and apparantly she wants to do some humanitarianism (is that the correct word?)duties...

Don't get me wrong, i have nothing against her. I am against the "speedy Sarkozy" method and all the media fuss around it. She's pretty, she'll wear some nice haute couture dresses, we 'll have some nice photos and she 'll become the glamorous face of Sarkozy's presidency. But sorry to say that but it's a little bit too "nouveau riche" for me. We need a president, not a Rock star...
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:32 PM
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^Thanks, Nico. I just saw something on reuters via google about the south africa visit. But is the south africa visit, while certainly official, technically a state visit? She does look very casual, the hair in her face. She is so pretty though. Nay, gorgeous.
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Wonderfully put...
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Is this an insult disguised as a compliment, kimebear?
Its neither an insult nor a compliment as I have no personal knowledge of the new First Lady. My observation stems strictly from a logical assumption that men normally do not propose to women they do not find charming.
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Queen and President

Her Britannic Majesty was brought up from birth to serve and represent her nation; that she has done with dignity. French People who are alarmed at M. Sarkozy must realize he is an elected official; like our President of the United States. They have a chance to throw him out of office in five years. What dignity is there in an elected official? They are politicians! They live for ego and to be reelected. God Bless the great British People who cherish the splendour of their ancient monarchy.God Save the Queen!
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A little preview perhaps?

Elysee palace tonight, state dinner in honor of the president of Israel

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Highly glamorous. That's the goal after all....

Ah la la can't wait for the 26th
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The programme is arrived!
Media Centre > Event highlights > French State Visit, March 2008

Two big points for me:

-The presidential couple will be greeted by The Pow and the Doc at Heathrow. (Good news, but i assume we can expect some more or less tasteful articles from Mr Kay and his happy brigade from our favorite newspaper. In France too, by the way, we will see some nasty comments about this meeting, for sure ).

-As expected no return dinner. Ouch
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:47 PM
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Ready to fall off your chair?

From the official website of the french presidency Elysee.fr | Présidence de la République

Programme of the state visit

26th march

"Déjeuner offert par Sa Majesté la Reine ELIZABETH II et Sa Majesté Royale le Duc d'Edimbourg, en l'honneur de M. le Président de la République et Madame Carla SARKOZY"

"Lunch offered by her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and his Royal Majesty the duc of Edimburg...."

Well one mistake...ok


But..

27th

"Arrivée de M. le Président de la République et Madame Carla SARKOZY pour le dîner à Guildhall. Accueil par M. David LEWIS, Lord-Maire de Londres, ainsi que par Le Prince RICHARD, Duc de Gloucester et la Princesse ALICE, Duchesse de Gloucester"

"Dinner at the Guildhall. The President and Mrs Sarkozy will be greeted by the Lord Mayor, the Prince Richard, Duc of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester"(oh really?)

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Mmmm and our protocol service is "one of the best in the world" mmmmm
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Maybe it's just as well that this visit won't be lasting all that long or we could end up with the whole royal family being rechristened and retitled.
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Oh my .... Now, I'm more than ashamed of my country. Seriously. If they can't even put their title right and see that they actually named a dead in the people to meet, I wonder how it will turn out.

Perhaps they expected Princess Alice to resuscitate for Easter ...
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One starts thinking perhaps this administration is making a deliberate show of contempt for this visit. Having agreed to it begrudgingly.

I kind of wish Her Majesty suddenly came down with the "flu".
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:57 AM
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I see the itenary for tomorrow has been release, but not the details of who is going to the state banquet. Aren't those details normally realeased?
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We never usually get told who will be at the banquet aside from the Queen and the DoE. Usually Charles and Camilla, Anne and Alexandra.
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Well, just by Thursday or Friday we would know. As you may have forget the use of the Court Circular on the British Monarchy site, it would help all for that issue.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:31 PM
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I'ts coming indeed...

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Some stuff about the visit:

-Mrs Sarkozy will be dressed by Dior.
-All the "Sarkozy Sirens" will be present: Rama Yade, minister of human rights, Michelle Alliot Marie, minister of interior and the gorgeous Rachida Daty, minister of jutice.
-Mr Sarkozy will meet at Buckingham Place, in the audience cabinet of the Queen, some members of the british politic life.
-Mr Sarkozy is the first french head of state since the Emperor Napoleon III in 1855 to be welcomed at Windsor for a state visit (The Chiracs visit in 2004 was a "special visit", not a state one).
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It's fresh, it's tasteful, it's the daily Mail!

One's guests from hell: Chippy president Sarkozy and his wife with a racy past pay a visit to the Queen | the Daily Mail
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