Sarkozy backs down from missile defense criticism

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is backing down from comments critical of a planned US missile defense system in Europe. At a summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Friday, Sarkozy said the missile shield plans are misguided and will not make Europe safer. But after Saturday's global financial summit with other world leaders he said: "Ultimately it could be a complement against a missile threat coming from elsewhere, for example Iran." The plans for using sites in Poland and the Czech Republic have infuriated Russia despite the Bush administration's insistence that they are aimed at protecting Europe from Iran.