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The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries. 

The president is a stamp collector -- the president of FRANCE. Nicholas Sarkozy. In a recent 
letter to the French federation of stamp societies, he describes himself as someone "who has 
a passion for philately" -- that's stamp collecting. He says it provides a window on the 
world and its exciting history.

The last U-S president known to collect stamps was Franklin Roosevelt, who even DESIGNED some 
of the stamps issued during his administration.

Sarkozy acknowledges that most business no longer use stamps, insteady relying on modern 
technology, but says he's confident that stamp collecting WILL flourish if it succeeds at 
adapting to the Twenty-First Century.

Sarkozy has a full plate with all the reforms he wants for France in general. In stamp 
collecting, he suggests that La Poste, the French postal agency, should produce about a third 
of its stamps using engraving, and have more of a dialogue with collectors. Will they listen? 
Well, he IS the president.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more about stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com

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