French president Sarkozy:

I want to tell the American people that the French people are their friends,’ he said. ‘We are not simply allies. We are friends. I am proud of being a friend of the Americans. You know, I am saying this to The New York Times, but I have said it to the French, which takes a little more courage and is a little more difficult. I have never concealed my admiration for American dynamism, for the fluidity of American society, for its ability to raise people of different identities to the very highest levels.

Disagrees a tad with the dominant media frame that the United States is an international pariah.