Sunday, January 13, 2008
If you're looking for an organizing logic to Nicolas Sarkozy's foreign visits, a good place to start might be the fact that he's touched down in Libya, Morocco, Algeria, and China. And each time, when he climbed aboard the plane to head back to France, he was toting a freshly signed agreement to build civilian nuclear power plants with him. So it should come as no surprise that when Sarkozy heads to Saudi Arabia and the UAE tomorrow, he's expected to sign a nuclear development deal as well. Sarkozy calls it part of a "pact of confidence which the West must forge with the Islamic world". Cynics, of course, would argue that it displays Sarkozy's fondness for deals forged by the West but signed by France.