April 3, 2009

NATO summit underway in France

Le Monde reports that the NATO summit has started in Strasbourg with 300 protesters arrested after clashes with police. The summit marks NATO's 60th anniversary. The BBC has a look at U.S. President Barack Obama's early remarks, as he gives a 'town hall' style meeting in Strasbourg and holds talks with his French and German counterparts who are co-hosting the Summit.

In sidebar stories, Agence France Presse (AFP) report that Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni (wives of the US and French Presidents, respectively) bring "star power" to the summit. And The Telegraph profiles the French chef who will be cooking dinner for NATO leaders.

Twitterers in Strasbourg - residents and summit visitors - are writing about their experiences:

  1. CND
    CNDuk (U.K.) Strasbourg swarming with police. Makes London during the #g20 look calm. Tram network suspended but making our way to #NATO counter-summit
  2. lOlA2luxe
    lOlA2luxe (France & Luxembourg) Strasbourg Otan : Michelle Obama embrasse spontanément Sarkozy mais Barack Obama garde ses distances avec Carla !!! (NATO Strasbourg: Michelle Obama spontaneously embraces Sarkozy but Barack Obama keeps his distance from Carla !!!)
  3. María Ramírez
    mr2157 (Brussels) A pie al centro de Prensa. Tráfico bloqueado hasta para buses de Otan! (On foot heading to the press center. Traffic is blocked by NATO busses!)
  4. Joel Kociolek
    lejoko (Strasbourg, France) #otan #sxb le balais des helicos au ras des maisons continu zone PMC http://twitpic.com/2rcys (Helicopters continue to buzz the rooftops near the security zone)

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