Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The entente non-cordiale: Tension at EU summit as Sarkozy says Britain 'has no industry'

David Cameron was embroiled in a fresh war of words with Nicolas Sarkozy last night as EU leaders agreed a new treaty to prop up the euro.

Downing Street was forced on to the counter-attack after the French president sneeringly claimed that Britain ‘has no industry’ in a bid to boost his plummeting support at home.

No 10 officials accused Mr Sarkozy of lying to boost his chances of re-election – pointing out that the UK’s manufacturing sector is actually larger than that of France.

Even the official leaders’ portrait appears to confirm the loss of entente cordiale. At a summit last month, Mr Cameron stood just behind the French leader. Yesterday he was several yards away – at the far end of the group.

The Prime Minister then faced further sniping at the hands of EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, who described the scale of youth unemployment in Britain as a ‘big problem’. Read More