Saturday, October 15, 2005

An affair to remember

Schroeder has farewell dinner with Chirac:
A stoic atmosphere prevailed Friday at outgoing German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's farewell dinner with French President Jacques Chirac, one of his closest allies on issues ranging from Europe's future to the Iraq war.

"Let's not be too sentimental or else we'll have to get out our handkerchiefs," Schroeder said before dinner at the Elysee Palace.
Every six weeks, Chirac and Schroeder have got together for informal dinners, harmonizing their policies. They hugged warmly as Schroeder got out of the car Friday.

Through Chirac, "I have learned to know and love the French," Schroeder told reporters.
Sniff, I may start blubbering!