Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has added France to his whirlwind European trip next week, his office announced Thursday.
The governor will leave Sunday for Great Britain and France. In a statement, Schwarzenegger said he will be fulfilling his "longstanding commitment" to meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair before the PM leaves office.
But the first stop, on Monday, will be Paris, where Schwarzenegger will sit down with newly elected President Nicolas Sarkozy. The governor's office said the two will talk about global warming and "public-private partnerships."
"President Nicolas Sarkozy is an innovative leader with bold new ideas. I am looking forward to meeting with the President and learning about his governing style which reaches across party lines to build consensus," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
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The governor will head back to California, presumably refreshed and ready to talk about the state budget, after meeting with Blair on Tuesday.