A diligent reader spotted an article in Haaretz reporting that, in private, Sarkozy has been very critical of Obama’s Iran policy, calling it (or perhaps him) “utterly immature”.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama’s positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel’s government.
Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as “utterly immature” and comprised of “formulations empty of all content.”
Obama visited Paris in July, and the Iranian issue was at the heart of his meeting with Sarkozy. At a joint press conference afterward, Obama urged Iran to accept the West’s proposal on its nuclear program, saying that Iran was creating a serious situation that endangered both Israel and the West. According to the reports reaching Israel, Sarkozy told Obama at that meeting that if the new American president elected in November changed his country’s policy toward Iran, that would be “very problematic.”
It’s a bit of a change from two years ago when Jacques and Dubya were at loggerheads over the same issue but from the opposite sides. I also suspect there are some in Whitehall who share Sarko’s concerns. If Obama does win, bringing the E2 around might not be so easy as many assume.
PS On checking up when Sarko assumed office, I learn from Wikipedia that he is also French Co-Prince of Andorra. Who knew?
UPDATE: As some of you noted in the comments, France has now issued a strong denial.