Cameron backs Sarkozy in French election

2012-02-17 20:16

Paris - Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday wished his "friend" President Nicolas Sarkozy of France well in his re-election battle, dismissing recent disagreements about Europe.

"We'll be following your fortunes in the weeks to come on the campaign trail and, as I said, I wish you luck," Cameron told Sarkozy, as they gave a joint news conference in Paris less than 10 weeks before the French poll.

Cameron's backing of Sarkozy's candidacy was the second informal endorsement from a major centre-right leader in Europe, after Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her weight behind him earlier this month.

Asked if he would campaign on Sarkozy's behalf, Cameron joked that it might not help convince the French electorate, but said the summit gave him "a chance to wish my friend well in the battle he has ahead"

"I admire Nicolas Sarkozy's courage and his leadership and I think he has achieved great things for his country. Clearly the future is an issue for the French people, but I make those points, I believe those points.

"I'm not quite sure if I made them on the campaign trail they would have the effect that my friend would want them to have," he said, as Sarkozy smiled.

Sarkozy will seek a second five-year mandate in the first round of France's presidential election on April 22, but trails Socialist challenger Francois Hollande in the opinion polls and faces possible defeat.

Cameron and Sarkozy have clashed publicly over how to handle the sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone and about the France leader's plan for a financial transaction tax, which the British premier recently branded "madness".

But both men are centre-right conservatives opposed to Hollande's attacks on financial markets and on their austerity programmes, and they bonded over joint military and diplomatic initiatives in Libya and the Middle East.

"We do sometimes have disagreements on European issues," Cameron admitted, but insisted that the pair has "a relationship that is easily strong enough to survive the odd bump or bounce when we sometimes have a disagreement."

  • Fidel - 2012-02-17 21:49

    Cameron and Sarkozy are both warmongers, no suprises there.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 22:05

      Your dictators Moamar Gaddafi and Bashar Assad were/are not, neither is the terrorist Iranian regime. The countries that are furthering greater human freedom and responsibility are. Still seeing things upside down, Fidel.

      Fidel - 2012-02-17 22:34

      Your current exporters of democracy are doing what the conquistadors did, bringing death and plunder to foreigners cloaked in the justification of universal values. Then it was Christianity and civilisation, now its democracy! Africans and other nations will never forget the past and current bloodthirsty and genocidal European conquest; their humiliating racism; corrupt, thieving ways and their hypocritical lies about 'Christianity' and 'Democracy'.

      Anthony - 2012-02-17 22:55

      Grazielle It must be terrible frustrating for you to live in Africa. A continent with such potential,and so much hope for a great future. And than we got this one, maybe two percent, that want to break it all down, just to satisfy their silly, and actual childish thoughts. They are prepared to cause so much more misery, hunger, and deceases, for their sick apetite for being anti Western. You are an enemy of Africa!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-17 23:19

      Fidel will never forget the past, even if the world has moved on. And his past overlooks the fact that the entire spectrum of human history has been about conquering territories, including African and Middle Eastern history.

      Fidel - 2012-02-17 23:26

      Africa will rise indeed, once we get rid of all the pretenders and their agents who have lived off the African continent for over 400 years now. They know who they are and Africans know who their friends are.

      Fred - 2012-02-17 23:28

      Fidel will never forget the past, even if the world has moved on. And the past that Fidel remembers is a partial past, which overlooks that conquering territories and imposing one's culture is as old as human history, including African and Middle Eastern history. And lastly, Fidel is missing the essential ingredient of the current changes in the Middle East, that human consciousness is evolving past that old conquering mentality, to a higher resonance.

      Fidel - 2012-02-17 23:58

      Fred I could easily forget the past if it weren't the present. The western powers are still doing what they did 400 years ago, empire and conquest, using treachery, subterfuge. The biggest culprits being the US, France and England as most EU countries have no history of slavery and empire. And this is what happens when a country's economy is dependent on colonies. The empire is trying to get back that which it has lost.

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