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‘Sarkozy insulted three world leaders over lunch’

world Updated: Apr 18, 2009 00:00 IST

France's flamboyant President Nicolas Sarkozy has “insulted” three world leaders, including American President Barack Obama, over a brief lunch at Elysee Palace, a British newspaper has claimed.

Sarkozy suggested Obama was “inexperienced”, Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero wasn't very clever and German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't share his foresight about how to tackle the global financial crisis over a lunch session on Wednesday, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Sarkozy said the US President was “not always up to standard on decision-making or efficiency”, Zapatero was “not very intelligent” while Merkel “had no choice but to come round to my position” when she saw the state of German banks.

French Govt denies

France has denied that President Nicolas Sarkozy belittled Spain's prime minister during a lunch conversation in which he also allegedly targeted US President Barack Obama and Germany's leader.