What were your impressions of the visit to the UK of President Sarkozy and his stunning new wife Carla Bruni? I listened to the end of visit statements from the Emirates stadium (unusual venue for a summit?) but there seemed little of substance to me. A new ‘entente formidable’ and a vision of a ‘global europe’ whatever that means. New task forces to be created and sharing of thinking etc but that seemed about it to me. Did I miss the really substantial bits?
It may be just me but on a personal basis I have to say I quite liked Sarko and Carla. He’s a funny looking little guy with lots of mannerisms and tics. But when he speaks you listen and he seems very natural and self-confident. At public speaking Gordon Brown looks like an automaton. And Carla looked perfect and acted with huge grace and elegance. The red-tops rather cheeky attempts to embarrass her with the nude photos didn’t seem to faze her in the least (she’s a model for christ’s sake and how many First ladies look that good naked?). She never tried to out-shine the Queen but it was she the cameras were trained on. From what I could see the Queen seemed to like her company. Not sure what she thought about Nicolas – he seemed disinterested and over-familiar in equal measure. And he was very touchy over (mostly French) press comments about the attention his wife was receiving. A bit prickly our Nicky.
But they make an interesting and colourful couple don’t you think? Gordon and Sarah just look, well, dull brown in comparison. They remind me a bit of Tony and Cherie and Berlusconi and his wife – loving the media attention when it’s positive and getting all huffy when it gets down and dirty. But never a dull moment with the Sarkies, quite formidable!