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Iraqi President on official visit to France

Iraqi President on official visit to France
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) welcomes his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani (R) prior a bilateral meeting on Nov 16, 2009 at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris. (Getty Images)
Iraqi President on official visit to France
Iraq's general election in January was thrown into doubt today when the war-torn country's presidential council demanded more clout be given to minorities and nationals living abroad. (Getty Images)
Iraqi President on official visit to France
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Talabani told AFP he wanted parliament to change the electoral law governing the vote so that the number of seats set aside for minorities, including Christians, and Iraqi expatriates would be tripled. (Getty Images)
Iraqi President on official visit to France
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani listens to national anthems upon his arrival at Paris Orly airport, on Nov 16, 2009, for a state visit in France. (Getty Images)
Iraqi President on official visit to France
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) speaks with Iraq's president Jalal Talabani (L) at a formal dinner on November 16, 2009 at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. (Getty Images)
Iraqi President on official visit to France
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (C) and French first Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (L) read the menu at a formal dinner on November 16, 2009 at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. France moved to raise both its profile and its profits in Iraq today, welcoming President Jalal Talabani to Paris with a series of trade and aid deals ready for signing. (Getty Images)