Brazilian presidential candidate meets French president in Paris

14:51, June 17, 2010      

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Brazil's former Chief of Staff and current presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff had a brief meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday, news reaching here from Paris reported.

The meeting is part of Rousseff's first international tour as an official presidential candidate of the Worker's Party.

Rousseff and Sarkozy talked about environment, issues of common interests and the two countries' strategic partnership, local media cited the Brazilian candidate as saying.

"We spoke of France's interest in Brazil and Brazil's interest in France, since the trade between the two countries is very large," she said.

Rousseff denied that she had discussed with Sarkozy the matter of the Rafale fighter jets.

Since the beginning of this year, Brazil is postponing to purchase 36 fighter jets for its Air Force. France is participating in the bidding process with the Rafale model, and its rivals are the U.S., with the F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Sweden, with the Gripen NG.

After France, Rousseff will head to Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. She is expected to return to Brazil on Sunday.

According to the latest polls, the former Chief of Staff has 37 percent of voting intentions and is tied with former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra, from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB).

Source: Xinhua


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