Obama, Sarkozy discuss economy, G-20 summit

US President Barack Obama and French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy have spoken by telephone about plans to tackle the economy and the international financial system at the upcoming G-20 summit. Sarkozy's office said Tuesday the two leaders want the Sept. 24-25 meeting in Pittsburgh to "permit new decisions to ensure durable and balanced growth, reinforce the international financial system and reform international financial institutions and make them more effective." Sarkozy's office said the half-hour conversation also touched on Mideast peace efforts and Iran.