President Nicolas Sarkozy has said France and Britain have "never been so close", during an historic address to both houses of the UK Parliament.
He said he wanted a new "brotherhood", and what brought the countries together was "stronger than what separates us".
His country would "never forget" what Britain did to "free France" during the world wars, he said.
At a later state banquet, the Queen said the countries had a "respectful but competitive relationship".
Mr Sarkozy replied that "friendly rivalry" had ensured "the rise of our mutual peoples".
The UK and France were "two democracies, two lands of freedom, two lands of justice, two lands of solidarity", he told the audience at Windsor Castle.
Quite surprising, but tbh, I would rather we were close to the likes of France then the warmongerers in the US... BBC News Report