Bill Clinton hails France's "can-do" Sarkozy

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PARIS, Oct 5 (Reuters) Bill Clinton hailed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ''can-do'' style today and moves by Paris to work with his foundation to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

''I look forward to further partnerships with the president because I think he's a 'can-do' sort of politician and I like that,'' former US President Clinton said after talks with Sarkozy, who has embarked on a programme of ambitious reforms since winning office in May.

Clinton, whose wife Hillary is bidding to become US president in 2008, is in France on a book tour and to push his climate initiative to cut emissions by 40 major cities, including the French capital.

The French leader has taken a more pro-American foreign policy stance than his predecessor Jacques Chirac.

Asked if Franco-US relations would improve under Sarkozy, Clinton said that depended as well on the administration of US President George W Bush: ''I think that's a two-way street.

''I was grateful to (Sarkozy) for saying that he wanted us to have a partnership in the future, and also for saying that he didn't necessarily agree with all of our policies, but we didn't have to have complete agreement on policies to have a general partnership in the future,'' Clinton said.

Sarkozy has come under attack at home for his overtures to Washington, notably a trip to the United States during which he criticised the way in which France opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Sarkozy rejected suggestions he was bent on making France, which has traditionally struck an independent tone in foreign policy, into an American poodle.

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