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Sarkozy, Obama Meet Today At White House

French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House last March. i i

French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House last March. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House last March.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House last March.

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy joins U.S. President Barack Obama for a working lunch today at the White House. The AP reports Sarkozy currently holds the presidencies of both the G-8 and G-20, and hopes to encourage reforms of  the international finance system. He's brought French Finance Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for backup. (He's also brought French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, but more about that in a moment.)

Michelle Obama, left, stands with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy last April in Strasbourg, France. i i

Michelle Obama, left, stands with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy last April in Strasbourg, France. Charles Dharapak/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Michelle Obama, left, stands with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy last April in Strasbourg, France.

Michelle Obama, left, stands with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy last April in Strasbourg, France.

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Reuters says reform could help stabilize world commodity prices; that in turn could prevent rioting over food prices. Politico reports U.S. aircraft maker Boeing and European maker EADS are worried about what Sarkozy might say to Obama, as a decision looms on an expensive Air Force tanker contract.

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Mrs. Sarkozy to the White House for lunch. As Sheryl Gay Stolberg blogs for the New York Times, fashion icons they may be, but sometimes a lunch is just a lunch.

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