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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 06:15 GMT
In pictures: Sarkozy in the US

Laura Bush, Nicolas Sarkozy and George Bush

President Bush and his wife Laura exchanged warm greetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as he arrived for a White House dinner at the beginning of his landmark US visit.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Mr Sarkozy, who is seeking warmer relations with the US, spoke in glowing terms about his hosts, putting disputes over the war in Iraq firmly in the past.

White House dinner menu

The dinner menu, for more than 100 guests, included Maine lobster bisque, lamb, tomato fondue, green bean ragout, and sweet potato casserole.

Lafayette cake

There was also a cake honouring the 250th anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French soldier and statesman who played a key role in America's independence.

George W Bush and Laura Bush watch actor Dean Malissa

The dinner guests were treated to some historical drama. Here President Bush and his wife watch the actor Dean Melissa, cast in the role of Gen George Washington.

Nicolas Sarkozy awards the French Legion of Honour medal to WWII veteran George Thompson

Earlier in the day, Mr Sarkozy addressed business leaders and awarded medals to US WWII veterans.





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