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Sarkozy welcomes 'great news' for EU treaty

03 November 2009, 21:22 CET
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(PARIS) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed on Tuesday the final ratification of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, saying its reforms would boost the influence of the 27-nation bloc.

After Czech President Vaclav Klaus became the last EU leader to sign the treaty, Sarkozy welcomed the ratification as "great news for all Europeans and in particular for France, which proposed this treaty and never rested, along with Germany, for the last two years to get to this result."

"The European Union is now able to have the new institutions that it needs to function efficiently and have a strong influence in the 21st century world," he said.

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