France's Sarkozy to U.S.: Don't go it alone

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Nicolas Sarkozy / Photo: Associated PressOn March 29, French president Nicolas Sarkozy addressed a large audience of students, faculty, and international media at Low Library. In a robust style and without a printed script, Sarkozy spoke of French admiration for the U.S., but cautioned that the future needed to be one of cooperation. “No country, no matter how powerful it may be, can impose its views on the rest of the world,” he said. “If Europe and the United States don’t invent a new world, no one will.”

Sarkozy said that capitalism required proper regulation, the absence of which “kills freedom.”

When a student asked him what he thought about the U.S. health-care debate, Sarkozy said, “In Europe, when we look at the health-care debate, we sometimes find it hard to believe, since we solved the problem 50 years ago.”

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