Sarkozy not expecting Merkel at rally

2012-03-14 16:06

Paris - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not appear at French President Nicolas Sarkozy's election rallies, but the two are set to meet before the April-May French presidential election, Sarkozy said on Wednesday.

Merkel's Christian Democrat CDU party said in January she would make joint campaign appearances with fellow conservative Sarkozy but the party said this week none had been scheduled, raising questions about whether they would happen at all.

Sarkozy's call on Sunday for tougher controls at Europe's borders sounded alarm bells in Germany even though the president has said he had given Merkel prior notice that he would bring it up in the campaign.

Asked on Europe 1 radio whether he still expected to meet with Merkel ahead of the election, Sarkozy said "without doubt at one moment or another".

"I don't think at a rally because the election campaign is a French matter between ourselves, but rather to speak about Europe. It's normal that we speak together," he said.

Merkel endorsed Sarkozy during a joint television interview last month, shortly before the president formally announced his re-election bid. The two leaders have worked so closely to overcome the euro zone's debt crisis that they have become known by the joint nickname "Merkozy".

Raising eyebrows

But German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, a member of the liberal Free Democratic junior parners in Merkel's coalition, said on Tuesday that Sarkozy was on the wrong track when he called for tougher controls of Europe's borders.

The French leader threatened to pull France out of the EU's Schengen open-border zone unilaterally if he did not get his way.

Sarkozy has also raised eyebrows on the other side of the Rhine by saying on Sunday that Europe needed a version of the United States "Buy American Act" which would require governments to favour Europe-made products in public procurement.

Jean-François Copé, the leader of Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, said as far as he knew there had never been a plan for Merkel to appear at a Sarkozy rally.

"This has not been discussed, at least not at my level," he said.

Merkel has refused to meet Sarkozy's Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, who has been cold-shouldered by most serving European leaders, partly due to a promise to renegotiate a new EU fiscal discipline treaty to include more focus on growth.

Less than six weeks from the election, Sarkozy is struggling to catch up with Hollande in opinion polls although one survey on Tuesday put him ahead of his Socialist adversary for the first time in the first round. The poll showed Hollande winning comfortably on the second round.

Read more on:    francois hollande  |  angela merkel  |  france

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

  • Wednesday Cape Town - 10:46 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    Earlier ACCIDENT before Hospital Bend has been CLEARED - HEAVY DELAYS from Bhunga Avenue
  • Wednesday Hout Bay - 10:30 AM
    Road name: Chapmans Peak Drive
    ROAD CLOSED between 10am and 3pm every Wednesday for Alien Vegetation Clearing until July
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3525.00

I'm shopping for:


You may find yourself fascinated by something which could draw you in to obsessively exploring this subject in more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.