U.S. President Barack Obama represented his people by telling a French television that Americans love all things French, and even emphasized his own love for their food and wine.

Obama had plenty of praises for the country, as an apparent attempt to rid of any lingering tensions sparked by France's opposition to the U.S's 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"France is one of the most important countries in the world," Obama told I-Tele and Canal Plus. He said France was crucial for collaborating with other countries to solving the world's problems, like climate change and global recession.

The president didn't stop there - he went on to speak highly of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, with whom he said he has a "wonderful relationship."

When asked what about France he loved himself, Obama said, "Let's see, we have the food, we have Paris, we got the south of France, Provence, the wine."

Concluding the 10-minute-long interview, the president said, "Merci beaucoup."

Obama: I Love French Food And Wine [The Huffington Post]