The new public protector says she will leave the dispute over the state capture report prepared by h.
PARIS - Barack Obama's trip to Europe this weekend revealed deep anxieties among the French and Germans that the US president, hugely popular in both countries, does not really like them.
After years in which France and Germany happily distanced themselves from the unpopular policies of former President George Bush, Obama appeared bemused as he tried to reassure French and German journalists they should not read anything into the brevity of his two-and-a-half-day trip.
But he learnt, as in the case of the most popular kid in school, that the slightest gesture can seem as a snub to those anxious to be liked.
The president spent less than a day on Friday in Germany, where he held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and visited the Buchenwald concentration camp.
"Most of the speculation around my schedule here in Germany doesn't take into account simple logistics ... there are only 24 hours in a day.
"So stop it, all of you," said Obama with a smile. "I know you have to have something to report on but we have more than enough problems out there without manufacturing problems."
The shortness of Obama's stay in Germany and his decision not to go to Berlin led to German media speculation of a rift, but the president dismissed this as "wild speculation".
Arriving in France on Saturday to attend commemorating the 65th anniversary of the World War Two D-Day landings, Obama again found himself on the defensive after holding only brief talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy. - Reuters