French President Sarkozy tells Obama, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu is a liar, reports say

By on Nov 9, 2011 in Europe, International, Politics, United States Comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama last week during a private conversation that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “liar”.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left)
and US President Barack Obama

Image Credit: DSK/AFP/Getty Images

According to international news sites on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, the said Sarkozy-Obama conversation occurred last week during the G20 Summit meeting held in Cannes, France.

The two world leaders were said to have been overheard on November 3 by a group of journalists talking about Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and unaware that they are being heard.

“I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” President Sarkozy was quoted telling President Obama, whose microphones in their meeting room reportedly left on, and allegedly heard by some reporters in a separate location in simultaneous translation.

“You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” President Obama replied, which was said to have been translated by a French interpreter.

Apparently, the so-called Sarkozy-Obama private conversation was supposed to be a secret but comments kept pouring at a post at, a French website that is being believed to have first reported the news.

As explained by the post writer Dan Israel to Politico, the reporters during the Sarkozy-Obama joint conference have not yet been given headsets; but some of them have already plugged in their own headsets and heard the comments of the two leaders.

“La version anglaise n’est pas arrivée dans les oreilles des journalistes français : ils ont écouté la version traduite.” Dan Israel (@dan_asi) tweeted; who also said he did not actually heard the controversial conversation.

(The English version has not arrived in the ears of the French journalists: they listened to the translated version.)

As of this writing, there has been no formal statement or comments from the White House, the French and Israeli governments.

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