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Obama, Sarkozy to Hold Talks Next Week

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy talk before the opening plenary session of the G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea (file photo – 12 Nov 2010)

U.S. President Barack Obama is to host his French counterpart at the White House next week for talks on a broad range of foreign policy and security issues.

The White House says President Obama looks forward to working with President Nicolas Sarkozy to sustain the global economic recovery and create jobs, as France assumes the presidency of the Group of Eight and Group of 20 top industrialized countries for 2011.