Obama pokes fun at Sarkozy at G-20 sidelines
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 20:47
Cannes: In a bid to break the tension ahead of the G20 summit, US President Barack Obama in a lighter vein told a notoriously looks-sensitive Nicolas Sarkozy that France's "First Baby" was lucky to inherit her former supermodel mother Carla Bruni's looks.

Obama, who has two daughters, congratulated Sarkozy on the birth of Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy at a joint press conference they held prior to the G-20 summit where world leaders will brainstorm how to solve the worsening Eurozone crisis.

"I want to mention that this is our first meeting since the arrival of the newest Sarkozy, and I want to congratulate Nicolas and Carla," Obama said.

"And I informed Nicolas on the way in I was confident Giulia inherited her mother's looks, rather than her father's, which I think is an excellent thing," the US president said as he tried to build rapport with his French host.

While the mediapersons and other officials present gave out a muted laughter, Obama's diminutive French counterpart Sarkozy had a rueful smile.

The two leaders have a history of tense relations. Sarkozy, 56, is notoriously sensitive about his looks, dieting constantly, and going out on power runs and cycle rides to keep in shape like his 43-year-old wife.

"Now, we share one of the greatest challenges and blessings in life, being fathers to our daughters," Obama added.

Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy was born last month in a Paris clinic.

Sarkozy has three sons from his two previous marriages, while Bruni-Sarkozy has an 11-year-old son, Aurelien, from a previous relationship.


First Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 20:47

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