French Press Compares Obama and Sarkozy’s Positions on Islam

In the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim World in Cairo, the French press compare the two leader’s leadership style, particularly their rhetoric on Islam. President Sarkozy similarly addressed the Muslim world in Riyad in January 2008. Le Monde concludes that the French President remained far more neutral and secular in his wording than the overtly-Christian President Obama. The two leaders met in Normandy to discuss international affairs including their positions on North Korea, Iran and the Middle East. Sarkozy stressed that each country must evaluate questions like the Muslim headscarf on their own criteria.