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Nicolas Sarkozy in the US for bilateral talks and visit

September 23rd, 2011 No comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been in the US over the past couple days on a diplomatic visit.

He met with President Barack Obama at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on September 21. Their remarks are below.

He also joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg “to celebrate 125 years of friendship between France and NYC.”

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 21, 2011
Remarks by President Obama and President Sarkozy of France

Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York, New York

4:53 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT OBAMA: On the anniversary of September 11th, President Sarkozy gave a speech at our embassy in Paris, and he reminded the people of France, but also the world, of the extraordinary friendship that had developed, in part, because of the great sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made over the decades to preserve freedom and democracy. And so, not only am I grateful for the expression of deep friendship that President Sarkozy expressed, but I want to affirm the mutuality of feeling that we have towards the French people.

That partnership has been evidenced by the extraordinary work that we’ve done together in Libya. And I want to thank President Sarkozy for his leadership, as a coalition helped the Libyan people achieve the kind of freedom and opportunity that they’re looking for. That partnership is evidenced in the work we did together in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure that the rightfully elected leader of that country was put in place. And our partnership and our mutual leadership will be required to deal with a range of international issues that have been discussed here at the United Nations and are going to be critical in the months and years to come, including trying to find a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also trying to find a coordinated world strategy, global strategy, to deal with a economy that is still far too fragile.

And, of course, we still have the joint project to bring stability and transition to Afghan governance. And we are extraordinarily grateful for the sacrifices that the men and women in uniform from France have made in that effort.

On a personal note, I consider Nicolas a friend as well as a colleague. Thank you for your leadership. Welcome. And I look forward to a very productive discussion.

PRESIDENT SARKOZY: (As translated.) I should like to say just how delighted we are to be here in the United States, in New York, alongside Barack Obama.

Now, for we, the people of France, I must say, it’s actually easy to work with Barack Obama. Whatever the crises we’ve had to face together, whatever the initiatives we have taken jointly, on every single occasion we have found a listening, open-minded attitude on the part of our friend, Barack Obama. In particular, when tackling the crisis, which is still upon us today, the leadership that President Obama has shown, and showed at the time, have been of a special value to us all.

There is still much to do, in particular in paving the way to the G20 summit in Cannes. This is our priority; our number-one priority — let me make this very clear — is to find the path to growth worldwide.

Lastly, I wish to say to what extent I am sensitive to the boldness, the courage, the intelligence, and the sensitivity of President Obama, my friend. I liked him before his election; I liked him once he was elected; and I especially appreciate him now, when the tough times are upon us.

And there’s one thing I want to say, perhaps on a more personal note, and that I really mean from the bottom of my heart. When things are as tough as they are right now, when the going gets as tough as it is right now, it is especially precious and important to be able to speak to what is the world’s number-one power — to someone who listens; someone who is sensitive to others; someone who is respectful and aware of other people’s redlines and prepared to take them into account, especially at a time when, as I said, we are facing fresh difficulties, and we really need, together, to go forward.

(Speaking in English.) She speaks like me. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much.

END
5:02 P.M. EDT

New York public schools looking for French teachers

I just received an email from the French Embassy in the US that several schools in the New York City area are looking for full-time and part-time French language teachers. I have put the contents of the email as well as the separate job announcements into one PDF available here.

Paris 4th most expensive city for hotels

February 23rd, 2011 1 comment

I read this on The Economist travel blog, Gulliver, and it should not come as that big of a surprise (though there seems to be an increasing number of affordable accommodation options). The original study is linked to below, and I have boldfaced Paris’ ranking. Make sure to check out my travel links section.

Russian alpha beds
Feb 16th 2011, 12:02 by A.B.

MOSCOW still has the most expensive hotel rooms of any city in the world, according to the latest annual survey (PDF) by Hogg Robinson Group (HRG). The average price of a bed in the Russian capital declined over the course of 2010 by 3% when measured in pounds (12% in roubles) to £258.67, yet keeps the city in the top slot for a sixth successive year.

Abu Dhabi, which was behind Moscow last year, plunged to 19th place, mirroring Dubai’s fall in the previous year, and for much the same reason of soaring supply. As a result New York moved up to second place with rates of £211.92, an increase of 3% on 2009.

The biggest increases were seen in Australian cities, with costs in Sydney and Brisbane soaring by 21% and 32% respectively. The report attributed to this to a strengthening of Australia’s dollar and its resource-rich economy. And it was a recovery in the financial sector that helped London avoid the downward trend shown elsewhere in Europe. Instead, its average rate rose 3% to £156.91, though this was still only enough to place it 29th out of 75 cities, below the likes of Istanbul, Johannesburg and Mumbai.

Most expensive cities:
1. Moscow £258.67
2. New York City £211.92
3. Geneva £203.42
4. Paris £200.90
5. Zurich £198.58
6. Washington, DC £193.12
7. Hong Kong £191.24
8. Stockholm £189.30
9. Doha £183.54
10. Riyadh £175.82

Interested in global careers? FPA can help

September 9th, 2010 2 comments

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has always been a favorite resource of mine for foreign affairs news, events and job searches. For those living in New York City, FPA is offering seminars and courses as part of its “university” program.

They will cover getting jobs in the Foreign Service (International Diplomacy), as a Foreign Correspondent, in International Development, Global Finance and other topics. Registration can be completed at the link above. A related seminar is Sep. 20 on “Working around the world”:

Do your career ambitions lie beyond U.S. borders? Working overseas can be an exciting adventure, but finding the right international opportunity can be a challenging undertaking.

This seminar will illuminate a broad array of career paths available to Americans around the world.

In this course you will learn:

About the various kinds of international jobs available in the public, private and non-governmental sectors
Which companies, organizations and government departments are currently recruiting new talent
Tips on adjusting to living and working in another country or culture
Logistical pointers on obtaining visas and meeting tax requirements
What to expect from an international employer

Who should take this seminar?

Students preparing or considering international careers
Young professionals considering international careers

Why am I posting this? I know that many of my readers are interested in foreign affairs, living abroad and career opportunities as expats. These seminars could provide some valuable content for those looking to learn more about international careers. You can find some job and internship possibilities at the FPA Job Board too. Bon courage to everyone!

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