There has been a public display of togetherness in Paris, from what many see as an unlikely pairing. The former Labour Prime Minister of the UK has been wowing the conservative President of France. Nicolas Sarkozy invited Tony Blair to address the National Council of the UMP party in Paris, and he went down a storm.
Speaking in French, Blair said: “In the USA, I would be a Democrat. In the UK, I am Labour. In France, I would be,” he paused for a moment, “probably in the government.” The audience dissolved into laughter. “No, no I’m joking,” he went on, “I’m staying with my political family. I would be a socialist, but on the side of those who have reform close to their hearts.”
Sarkozy stopped short of publicly backing Blair to become President of the European Union, but only just.