Sarkozy 'sick' of Cameron's interference

2011-10-24 09:17

London - French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a scathing attack on British Prime Minister David Cameron at Sunday's EU summit, saying he was "sick of him telling us what to do", UK press reported.

During talks in Brussels to resolve the eurozone debt crisis, the French leader accused Cameron of "interfering in our meetings", British newspapers The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph reported, citing diplomatic sources.

"We're sick of you criticising us and telling us what to do," Sarkozy reportedly told Cameron.

"You say you hate the euro, you didn't want to join and now you want to interfere in our meetings," he added.

Another newspaper, The Times, also reported that a row had erupted, but did not give exact details.


Tempers frayed over Sarkozy's insistence that only the 17 members of the eurozone attend a bank rescue summit meeting hastily arranged for Wednesday, according to the Telegraph.

Cameron convinced those at the meeting that all 27 EU members should be invited, and British newspapers reported on Monday that Cameron had cancelled his planned trips to New Zealand and Japan in order to attend.

Cameron earlier warned that countries outside the eurozone risked being frozen out amid efforts for a pooled response to the crisis crippling the 17-nation single currency bloc.

"What you've got happening in Europe at the moment is eurozone countries coming together recognising that they've got to do more things together and frankly it's in Britain's interest that they do sort out the problems they've got," said Cameron after the summit.

"But there is a danger... that as this eurozone coming together happens, there is a risk that those countries outside the euro ... might see the eurozone members starting to take decisions that affect the single market."

Cameron is under pressure at home as euro sceptic backbenchers within his own Conservative party look set to defy him in Monday's vote on an EU membership referendum.

  • Martin - 2011-10-24 09:50

    Typical high ground British! Stick there noses in everywhere like it is back in the British empire days where they did worst thing than the Nazi's in WW2. Wait till the Pounds value drops below the Euro then they would probably join!

      Sinjoku - 2011-10-24 10:55

      Uhmm Martin... Nazis killed over 6 mill people. They had concentration camps, death camps therefore your comment is flawed. I have NEVER seen the same caused by the hand of the Brittish Empire. Needless to comment on the Love / Hate relationship between France and Brittan for like 300+ years. ANd the pound wont drop below Euro, and if it does there would have to be some benefit to Brittan for that to happen.

      marius.lubbe - 2011-10-24 12:08

      @Sinjuko, Not that I am defending Marttin, but the Brits had concentration and death Camps right here in South Africa long before WW2. They killed thousands of Afrikanres and Africans in a very small country.

      Martin - 2011-10-24 12:41

      Sinjoku, just pick up any good book about the British Empire and you will see that OVER TIME and sometimes very indirectly a lot of harm was done to many people throughout the world, all in the name of "for King and country" India, America, Africa, Pakistan etc. is riddled with stories where a lot of sadness was caused by advances of the British Empire. I would agree that a lot of good technological advances were also brought into the world through them during this period, but so did Germany during there very short Hitler era... The point is that the Brits always been very quick to point fingers but that there own history is by no way a clean sheet and drenched in innocent blood. For me they are just a bunch of sad hippocrates stuck on a muddy island!

      Tim - 2011-10-24 15:09

      Martin, you clearly have limited knowledge of the Eurozone. Pound Sterling remains the currency of the United Kingdom for a great many reasons, not least the benefits of the economic freedom that it brings. If the UK was part of the Single Currency, it would not have the control that has been crucial in defending it's economy against the worldwide turmoil of the past few years. I don't see what relevance the British Empire has in 2011. The United Kingdom has moved forward. Old Empire countries have also moved forward (India, Canada Australia etc.), isn't it time South Africa stopped blaming 'The British' for its problems? Indeed, one might say ''Typical South Africans, blaming other countries for their problems''...

      Martin - 2011-10-24 17:30

      Tim, seriously what wrong with you??? Did I EVER blamed Britain for any of the problems in OUR country? THE POINT IN MY POST WAS, that Britain has always been very quick to point fingers, but that there own history and mimic American economy is FAR from perfect and clean. THUS, I fully agree with Sarkozy being fed up with hypocritical England telling him what to do. I've worked and travelled to Europe often and many Europeans I know are also fed up with the mud Island Europe attitude! Try and meet some Europeans and you will know exactly what I mean!

      Tim - 2011-10-24 18:59

      Martin, it may (or may not) supprise you to know that I am from the UK! I have travelled the world extensively, and I do not get people making the comments about the UK that your refer to. Quite the reverse. I respect your opinion, but do not agree with you. I do not pretend that the UK is squeaky clean.

      Martin - 2011-10-24 21:51

      Tim, point taken but I worked for a couple of years in France and Germany and found this to be the case. Maybe if you approach them as a Saffa rather than a member of the UK MOD they will open up to you with their true feelings towards the Brits. I spoke to a Polish friend of mine a week or two ago and I can assure you that there is a thick negative feeling towards England mainly due to their negative attitude on Europe and the Euro since the European Union was formed.

      Martin - 2011-10-24 22:13

      Tim, lets just agree to disagree. I may have come over a bit strongly in my original post. Maybe it was just a case of Monday blues... England is not all bad and contributed around the world also in many good ways. I just find it irritating due to England being part of Europe when and how it fits them. Germany and France is currently paying blood money to keep the whole thing together BUT AND IF the Union survive it will be much stronger than before. Being England they would probably then climb into bed only when it fits them and particularly when the Euro's value pass the Pound! Why are there so many Brits living in Europe, but everyone back home dont want to embrace the European Union concept? Sound a bit like what we call in these parts a Soutie. (One leg here and one leg there indecisiveness)

  • Thulebona - 2011-10-24 10:08

    LOL... not Sar kozy now, are we?... I though they were united in bombing Libya

  • Paul - 2011-10-24 16:20

    Tim, you clearly have a limited perspective of the UK. It is currently a province of Pakistan in the process of being colonized by the noveau riche Arabs and Russians.

      Tim - 2011-10-24 16:35

      Paul, as is often quoted; The UK was once Colonizing the World, now it is being Colonized by the world! (And better for it)...

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-14 16:05

      There is nothing special about the UK anymore and there hasn't been for a heck of a long time. It's not a case of people integrating in the UK. It's a case of a long dead empire waking up and integrating into the world.

  • Joseph - 2011-10-24 22:30

    Terorist are now fighting each other,lets hope they are not fighting over Libyan oil which France think is entittled to.

  • Johan - 2011-11-14 12:35

    With the Eurozone's house in disaray, the French should just be too glad to receive advice. Between France and Germany they are unable to sort out the Eurozone's problems! Martin seems to still live in the British empire days. Reminds me of a lot of South Africans who still blames all SA's woes on apartheid. It is time for you to move on. Unless you simply dislike the British.

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-14 12:47

    After all Sarkozy you don't like it now that the shoe is on the other foot and your country's faite depends on the whim of the Brits.

  • Johan - 2011-11-14 12:50

    Sarkozy should rather accept advice, and not snub his nose at it. But that is typical of a French "better than thou" atitude. France and Germany can not even sort out the Eurozon's mess. Martin seems to still live in the British Empire days. Sounds a lot like many South Africans who still blame any shortcomings in South Africa on apartheid!

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