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Getaway to Brussels. Sarkozy still remains president in Belgium

(B2) Nicolas Sarkozy is still president… in Brussels. In a very presidential ceremony, last Wednesday he presented the insignia of the Legion of Honor to Didier Reynders, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister (Liberal) currently in charge of Foreign Affairs. A very private ceremony with a lot of people: 400 guests, businessmen, the ban and the back of the Walloon liberal party. But without the press. The Belgian press – duly showing its credentials – was able to participate in the event. With a limit. It was clearly mentioned on the invitation that there would be “ no opportunity for questions to the French president. It's beautiful the press when it is silent. North Korea has something to hold on to. In the Palais d'Egmont, the ceremonial residence of Belgian foreign affairs, Sarkozy once again believed himself to be in the presidential firmament. Crowd, applause, laughter of circumstances nothing was missing. Nicolas, however, warned of any Depardieu syndrome

True to himself, he did not forget to tackle one or the other. If Belgium had remained France, we would have been competitors. I might have been able to get rid of you by sending you to Angela (Merkel) he stated. " Finally, we don't rewrite history, except… when we are called Giscard d'Estaing ". And pif a single bullet, two victims!

Falling in love with a Walloon saying “ do as in Liège, let it rain ". Wondering if he wasn't a little cork. I let it rain. There is no point in cursing the rain. Because it always ends up giving way to the sun ". Thumbs up for the judges!

Sarko however defended himself from the Depardieu syndrome. " I don't intend to settle down. I'm just passing through. Taking advantage of a friend's invitation. I will leave tonight. There are times when we are happy to find ourselves among people we love, in the midst of our family. ". It's true the reform movement – ​​the party of Didier Reynders – it's much cooler than the devastated UMP.

Highlight of the show, the presentation of the commander's ribbon. Abandoning the traditional "in the name of the President of the Republic", Sarko pronounced the simpler formula "in the name of the republic". The president is him, not François! Spread the word

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

NB: Sarkozy took the opportunity to go see Herman Van Rompuy and José-Manuel Barroso. He took advantage of his stay in Brussels, said to be a little embarrassed at José-Manuel Barroso. Would he see himself in the place of President of the European Council?…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).