Spain’s Royal Family has treated visiting French leader Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla to a grand gala dinner, ahead of today’s bilateral summit.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was also at the Royal Palace in Madrid to greet Sarkozy who is on a two-day state visit. The pair are keen to show they are on friendly terms despite recent controversy. The French President reportedly questioned the Spaniard’s intelligence, something Sarkozy’s office has denied. A trip to the famous Prado Museum was also on the agenda. Many media eyes however were not so much on the artwork as on the glamourous French first lady. As for today’s talking, topics will include the cross-border fight against armed Basque separatists ETA and confronting the global economic crisis.