France's president-elect urges action on climate
Nicolas Sarkozy called on the US "not to block the battle against global warming" in his victory speech as France's new president-elect.
The US can count on France's friendship, given that "friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions," he told supporters in Paris following Sunday's victory.
Responding to the comments, the US State Department said the two countries are cooperating on climate issues and highlighted the American technology-oriented approach to climate change.
"We are working very closely on issues related to climate change," spokesman Sean McCormack said.
The US has refused to sign the Kyoto protocol and emphasise the role of technological innovation in finding alternatives to fossil fuels.
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