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France's Sarkozy Calls Israel's Netanyahu A 'Liar'


Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "a liar" in remarks to U.S. President Barack Obama overheard by journalists.

The comments made during a G20 summit in the French town of Cannes last week were reported by a French media website today, but a number of journalists confirmed they overheard the private conversation when it was inadvertently transmitted over a system used for translation.

Sarkozy told Obama that he "cannot bear [Netanyahu] anymore; he's a liar."

In comments translated in French, Obama said he had to deal daily with Netanyahu, even if Sarkozy was fed up with the Israeli leader.

compiled from agency reports

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