By Clara Cavour, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Brazil late Sunday for a two-day state visit with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The meeting, just weeks before the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh on September 24-25, is expected to seal a multi-billion-dollar purchase of French jets and consolidate French-Brazilian ties.
 
On Monday 7 September, Sarkozy was Lula’s guest at the country’s Independence Day parade in Brasília, returning an honor Sarkozy gave to Lula when he attended France's Bastille Day celebrations in July of . . .

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