Sarkozy to sign nuclear cooperation accord during Middle East visit

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will sign a nuclear cooperation accord with the United Arab Emirates during his visit to the Middle East, the French leader told the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat in an interview published Sunday at the start of the trip. The accord for cooperation in civilian nuclear activities, a first step toward building a nuclear reactor, would be the third France has signed recently with Muslim nations, after Libya and Algeria. "I have often said that the Muslim world is no less reasonable than the rest of the world in seeking civilian nuclear (power) for its energy needs, in full conformity with international security obligations," Sarkozy told the London-based Al-Hayat.