Mar 26: Sarkozy's UK visit

March 26 17:25 - It is the first state visit by a French president since Jacques Chirac came in 1996. Before his arrival, 53-year-old Sarkozy told British media he hoped the visit would emphasise what the two countries have in common while also tightening business and other ties. In a speech at Westminster he said France would be deploying more troops to Afghanistan. But most eyes and cameras were on Carla Bruni, the president's new wife and former model.