Brussels - Inside the Egmont Palace, home to Belgium’s Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, ex French President Nicolas Sarkozy took centre stage as he awarded the Legion d’honneur to Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.
Sarkozy seemed happy and relaxed during the ceremony in Brussels and told people that he was “happy to be with you here in Brussels.”
After the ceremony Sarkozy gave a speech in front of a captivated audience, where he joked about current events concerning him.
Sarkozy also commented on the bailout crisis involving Cyprus, where he said:
“We took a momentous decision, We told everyone who deposited their savings in banks that not one would be ruined,” Sarkozy said, “trust is the thing the longest to build and easiest to lose.”
However the ceremony caused ire and anger amount French journalists as they were barred from the ceremony and only members of the Belgian press were allowed to attend.
A journalist from the French TV station TF1, reported that Sarkozy has specifically requested to his Belgian hosts, that the French journalists should not be allowed to attend the ceremony.