The Whirlwind Named Sarkozy

Now that Ireland has rejected the Lisbon Treaty, the French president will have to scale back his goals. His response? Frenetic activity

It was a different looking Eiffel Tower that Parisians saw on Monday night: Lit a deep blue, there was a circle of 12 stars dotting its middle. And on Tuesday, the first day of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's six month stint as holder of the European Union presidency, there is more to come. At 6:30 in the evening, a ceremony will be held at the Arc de Triomphe marking the transfer of the office. Later, Sarkozy will receive President of the European Parliament Hans-Gerd Pöttering and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Then comes a gala dinner with European Commissioners in the Élysée Palace — everything as stately as it gets.

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