Presidents Sarkozy and Obama Celebrate Franco-American Partnership
Following the G20 Summit, which took place in Cannes on November 3 and 4, 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, and Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, celebrated the Franco-American relationship during a ceremony commemorating the end of the NATO military intervention in Libya.
The ceremony took place at 4:00pm (French time), near the city hall of Cannes. The French and American Presidents saluted their troops before each gave a public address.
Presidents Sarkozy and Obama both paid tribute to the Franco-American friendship. Referring to the major steps of transatlantic military history, from the victory of the Battle of Yorktown to the Allied invasion of Normandy, President Sarkozy said that “the friendship between the United States and France was built on shared bloodshed,” and that France remains an “unwavering ally” to the United States.
President Obama lauded the common history and values between France and the United States, as well as the “shared sacrifices” by the two countries during the course of their relationship.
Both Heads of State recognized the success of the Franco-American partnership within recent NATO operations in Libya.
Presidents Sarkozy and Obama then proceeded to the city hall of Cannes, where they gave a televised joint interview.
Read our previous article on the victory of the Battle of Yorktown.