Tony Blair has used video-sharing site YouTube to post his congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy who won France’s presidential election, succeeding current president Jacque Chirac.
Blair, who also telephoned Sarkozy to offer his praise and congratulations, even put in the extra effort by delivering the YouTube message in French in addition to the English version. In the French post Blair apologised if he misused the language.
The clip appears on Downing Street's YouTube channel. In the message Blair refers to Sarkozy as a strong leader, and as someone he admires and regards as a friend.
Blair is the first world leader to have his own YouTube channel and the congratulatory clip he has posted has totted up nearly 44,000 views so far.
During the message Blair also commented on the pleasing turnout for the elections and how he believed Sarkozy would want to forge strong relationships between Britain and France as their partnership is absolutely crucial.