( dpa ) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy renewed his call for an office of EU president, saying it was not good that the presidency of the Council of the European Union rotated every six months.
Speaking in Paris during a visit by former British premier Tony Blair, Sarkozy also took issue with the EU council president simultaneously being the head of state of a country.
"I hope I will be the last of this kind," said Sarkozy referring to the beginning of the French council presidency in June.
Accoridng to the new EU treaty, to take effect in 2009, the EU presidency will last two and a half years instead of six months.
According to media reports, Sarkozy had earlier suggested Blair as candidate for the post. dpa jw mga