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France's Sarkozy says "not reasonable" to meet as G8
July 5, 2008 / 9:49 AM / 9 years ago

France's Sarkozy says "not reasonable" to meet as G8

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday said it was “not reasonable” to gather the Group of Eight (G8) leaders at an annual summit without the participation of strong emerging countries such as China and India.

<p>France's President Nicolas Sarkozy attends a meeting with local businessmen in Limoges, June 26, 2008. Sarkozy on Saturday said it was "not reasonable" to gather the Group of Eight (G8) leaders at an annual summit without the participation of strong emerging countries such as China and India. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer</p>

“I am among those who think that it is not reasonable to gather the G8,” Sarkozy said at a conference held by the ruling UMP party in Paris two days before the G8 annual summit starts in Japan.

“I think it is not reasonable to continue to meet as eight to solve the big questions of the world, forgetting China -- one billion 300 million people -- and not inviting India -- one billion people,” Sarkozy said.

Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt

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