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Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown brought their two day summit to a close with a flourish today. They pledged the "entente cordiale" Sarkozy had already upgraded to an "entente amicale" in yesterday's speech to parliament, would in future be more like an "entente formidable".

At a joint press conference inside Arsenal's Emirates stadium attended by British cabinet ministers and 13 French ministers, the two men answered questions on China, Europe, Burma and financial disclosure.

"We have been working hand in glove," said the French president, insisting that the warm relationship between the UK and France was not a "one night stand".

Sarkozy also took the opportunity to say how proud he was of his wife's conduct on the trip, praising her "great humanity".

Responding to a question about the credit crunch, the prime minister said "we will press for a coordinated approach in the international financial community for disclosing and dealing with the problems that now exist in write-offs and off-balance sheet behaviour."

Although the atmosphere was relaxed, there were disagreements.

Asked about the UK's decision to remain outside the eurozone Sarkozy said: "There are opt out clauses that you [the British] tend to negotiate. If you are inside Europe you are more likely to shape it. We need Britain to get Europe moving."

Sarkozy also said he reserved the right to say whether or not he would attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. When the games open in August, Sarkozy will be president of the EU and may have consult more widely than his own cabinet.

Brown reiterated that he would not boycott the games.

The press conference came after the two men stood on the turf of the Emirates stadium and announced a joint initiative to equally fund education for 16 million children in Africa by the time of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

The French president and his wife spent last night at Windsor Castle as guests of the Queen. On their journey to Downing Street today they stopped to place a wreath at a statue of Sarkozy's predecessor Charles de Gaulle.

It is thought the two leaders will have discussed Britain's new generation of nuclear power plants. Sarkozy is keen to strike a deal with Britain for a joint nuclear power programme that aims to replace ageing power plants in the UK and to export technology to non-nuclear states across the world.

The French utility company - EDF - hopes to build at least four nuclear power plants in Britain.

Brown has said he would host a conference later this year for non-nuclear countries which want to develop civilian atomic power programmes. The prime minister's spokesman said Iran would be invited if it met its international obligation to cease uranium enrichment.


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I think all politics should be done at the Arsenal, it brings a calmness and maturity to everyone that steps in the place, we'd have world peace in no time.
 

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Was Carla there? Did she have her clothes on?
 

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Arsene looks like a head of state. I'm pretty sure he told them both that bringing nuclear power plants to Britain is dangerous.
 

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Was Carla there? Did she have her clothes on?
she did for the formal pictures while sarkozy and brown were discussing in a luxury room at the Emirates about China latest developement in Tibet she was gang bang by the ArsenaL Players in the dressing room.
 

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On the SBS World News bulletin they spoke of how the relationship between Britain and France has shifted from "cordial" to "downright friendly". And aside from sharing certain goals, both politicians seemed to be going on a charm offensive. And now I see them kicking a ball about the Emirates.
 
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