President Obama called French president Nicolas Sarkozy to say thanks and good bye, the White House press secretary announced.

"President Obama called President Sarkozy to thank him for his strong leadership and for his friendship and partnership in challenging times. He expressed his appreciation for the valued cooperation that has characterized the relationship between the two leaders since January 2009. President Obama said that he and Mrs. Obama extend their very best wishes to President Sarkozy and his wife Carla in their future endeavors."

Sarkozy lost his reelection bid over the weekend to socialist Francois Hollande.

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