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Fillon tells Socialists to halt anti-German jibes

Clea Caulcutt · 5 Dec 2011, 10:16

Published: 05 Dec 2011 11:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Dec 2011 10:16 GMT+01:00

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French Prime Minister François Fillon told the Socialists on Sunday to end their anti-German comments and called on left-wing candidate François Hollande to bring his party under control.

Fillon said it was time Hollande "toughened up and ended his friends’ escalation of anti-German remarks."

Speaking in Asnières-sur-Oise near Paris, Fillon said "Nicolas Sarkozy does not need to learn patriotism from people who believe defending our national interests means mocking our German friends."

In recent weeks, Socialist heavyweights have made references to the Franco-Prussian war and World War II to describe the Germany’s stance on the eurozone crisis.

Leading Socialist Arnaud Montebourg last week accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of carrying out "Bismarck-style" policies.

In November, Socialist lawmaker Jean-Marie Le Guen said Sarkozy was behaving like French PM Edouard Daladier at the Munich conference in 1938.

On Monday, Sarkozy will be meeting Merkel in Paris to thrash out plans to save the euro as investors warn the sovereign debt is threatening the European currency.

Meanwhile, Hollande is meeting leaders of the German left-wing SPD party in Berlin to discuss their approach to the eurozone crisis.

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In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche on Sunday, Hollande insisted the history of Europe depended on the German-French driving force.

"Let's not confuse governments' policies with countries themselves," he said.  

Clea Caulcutt (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2011-12-10 16:27:52 by willowsdad
I wonder if any of these French Socialists get upset when they read of bonehead politicos in the US mocking the French.
2011-12-07 23:29:48 by DavidtheNorseman
"Hollande insisted the history of Europe depended on the German-French driving force" - The history of Europe has depended on whether or not the British come off of their islands. The last time Europe was united was under the Roman Empire (no not the "Holy Roman Empire"). To have a united Europe requires a centralized armed forces responsible to one authority. Even though that is what Lisbon says in writing, without the firepower to *make* the uncompliant comply it is only so much paper. The Germans dream of being tacitly in charge of an EU but have just discovered that they have no way of *making* anyone do anything - and folks including the French have memories of their previous attempts. So who gets to rule over Europe?..well the treaty says Rome. If it is the End of Days all we need now is a New Roman Emperor. You can't have a single fiscal policy without a single government and you can't have a government without the firepower to enforce compliance - and as Henry II of England, Napoleon and Hitler discovered, the firepower support of only one or two nations is not enough to take and hold the rest - the firepower to support a Euro Super State would have to be derived from the consent of a broad base of support.
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