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Gordon Brown vs Nicolas Sarkozy
As UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet, how do they compare?

Gordon Brown and Nicholas Sarkozy

Gordon 'The Clunking Fist' Brown

Age: 57

Height: 5ft 11ins

Strengths: "Formidable intellect", workaholic, prudence, mastery of detail, patience - it has taken Mr Brown 13 years to become PM

Weaknesses: Often portrayed as a "control freak". Accused by opponents of "dithering" over last autumn's aborted general election and a succession of other decisions since then

Style: Dour, reserved, intellectual, bank manager

Sarah Brown
Wife: Married ex-PR executive Sarah Macauley, 45, in 2000. Low-key, under-stated style. Charity worker and credited with smartening up Mr Brown.

Children: Sons - John, aged four, and James Fraser, aged two

Favourite music: Coldplay and, famously, the Arctic Monkeys in the morning

Favourite food: Scottish dish Rumbledthumps

Background: Son of a Church of Scotland minister, who grew up in Glasgow before the family moved to Kirkcaldy.

Life before politics: Was schoolboy academic prodigy, university rector in early 20s and TV producer before becoming an MP in 1983

Famous foes?: Spent years reportedly in behind the scenes battles with Blair

Key Quotes:

I will try my utmost. This is my promise to all of the people of Britain

All I believe and all I try to do comes from the values I grew up with: duty, honesty, hard work, family and respect for others. Everyone deserves a fair chance in life

Nicolas 'The Rock Star' Sarkozy

Age: 53

Height: 5ft 6ins

Strengths: Moderniser, workaholic, ambitious, determined - contributed to the closure of Sangatte immigrant camp

Weaknesses: Publicity surrounding his whirlwind romance with Ms Bruni was a departure from French tradition of keeping presidential private lives private

Style: Charmer, Ray Bans, bling, Rolex, jogger

Carla Bruni
Wife: Second wife Cecilia divorced him in October. Married glamorous Italian supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni, 40, in February, 2008.

Children: Three sons from two previous marriages, plus Ms Bruni's son Aurelien.

Favourite music: Listening to French rocker Johnny Hallyday

Favourite food: Partial to Thai food

Background: Son of a Hungarian immigrant and a French mother of Greek Jewish origin.

Life before politics: Trained as a lawyer and was mayor of the affluent Paris suburb of Neuilly before becoming interior minister in 2002

Famous foes?: Fell out with mentor Chirac after backing rival for president in 1995

Key quotes:

Certain people in France call me Sarkozy the American. I'm proud of it. I'm a man of action. I do what I say and I try to be pragmatic.

Why so much hatred [directed at me]? Perhaps it's because I say out loud what everyone quietly thinks.

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