US President George W Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy took a boat trip together and sat down to a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers at the Bush family estate in Maine. The French president is currently holidaying in the United States. The pair have stressed that the meeting is not a summit, more of getting to know you exercise. The US wants a better rapport with France under Sarkozy after relations chilled with his predecessor, Jacques Chirac over his refusal to back the US led invasion of Iraq.
Sarkozy visited the Bush’s without his wife Cecilia and children who were suffering from sore throats. And as the French tricolour fluttered over proceedings George W Bush, his father, the former president George Bush and Sarkozy held a 50 minute heart-to-heart discussing a number of issues including Iran.