Reuters reports that Sarkozy pledged his country's friendship in a condolence letter. Reuters adds:
Sarkozy's comments, in a condolence message to Netanyahu for the death of his father-in-law, seemed an effort to try to clear the air a week after a reported gaffe this month at the G20 summit in Cannes, when he was overheard telling U.S. President Barack Obama he thought Netanyahu was "a liar".
In addition to words of sympathy, Sarkozy's letter to Netanyahu, according to two officials in the Israeli leader's office, said:
"You have my friendship, and our differing views on the problems of the Middle East, and the interpretations appearing in the media, have no effect on it."