Trailing in the polls and with elections just 10 weeks away, French President Nicolas Sarkozy went to one of his most reliable bases of support -- French Jews -- to drum up enthusiasm.
On the morning of Feb. 8, Sarkozy met at Elysees Palace with released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who holds dual French-Israeli citizenship. And later that day, the president addressed the annual dinner of the main French Jewish umbrella organization, the CRIF.
"France won't compromise on Israel's security because Israel is a miracle," Sarkozy said. "France will never accept the questioning of Israel's security."