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President Sarkozy Meeting

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman informed assembled journalists that on 19th June, there would be a meeting at No10 with the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and French President Sarkozy. This was in the run-up to the summit, and it came as a result of the discussions between the Prime Minister and President Sarkozy at G8.

Asked if there would be any other joint meetings with the Chancellor, the PMOS said that there were not.

Asked why there was a joint meeting now with President Sarkozy and not other joint meetings, the PMOS replied that what was important was that when there was a new French President, there had to be a chance to explore in greater length than was possible in a bilateral his position in the run-up to the discussions at the summit. It was also a chance, with the Chancellor taking on a new role, for him and President Sarkozy to meet. Therefore, it was a useful meeting for several reasons.

Asked if the Chancellor’s presence at the meeting meant that he was now involved in negotiations, the PMOS said that we had always said that there would be close consultation, as there always was, before summit between colleagues in Government. However, it would be the Prime Minister who would present a Government position at the summit.

Asked if there were any plans for the Prime Minister to stay in touch over the summit with phone calls etc, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister always kept in close contact with London during the summit.

Asked if this meeting was at the Prime Minister’s suggestion or the French President’s suggestion, the PMOS replied that it arose out of a bilateral. However, journalists should not expect him to give any further details of the discussion.

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