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Quelle Surprise: He’s desperately behind in the polls weeks away from an election, so what does Sarkozy do? He attacks the English again

Phil Vinter

17:07, 13 April 2012

17:15, 13 April 2012

For a little man Nikolas Sarkozy came
up with some big fighting talk on French National TV last night when he
claimed that compared to France, the UK economy is in a 'much worse
state.'The diatribe comes
only a few months after The Centre for Economics and Business - a UK
thinktank predicted that Britain would outgrow the French economy by
2015 or possibly even earlier if the euro crisis deepens.
The French President is thought to have launched his blistering attack
against the old enemy in a final effort to boost his flagging ratings in
the polls in the run up to the presidential election.

Desperate: Nikolas Sarkozy has launched a verbal attack on Britain by
claiming on national television that the UK economy is in a much wore
position than France's economy

Speaking on France 2 Television
Sarkozy accused the Financial Times of 'blindly supporting' the
Anglo-Saxon economic model, telling viewers: 'They don't agree with me,
and I really rejoice in that, you know, because I don't agree with them.
He also said that in informed
circles, The FT had always defended the Anglo-Saxon model and that for
many years they paper had thought that the solution for the world is
that there should be no law. I think exactly the opposite.
The FT explains to us that it is necessary to act exactly like Britain, which is in a far worse economic situation than France."
The claim was branded 'totally false' by
his own newspaper le Monde, which pointed out that 'Britain is actually
more industrialised than France'.
The outburst is the fourth time he has attacked the old enemy in recent years.

Three years ago, Mr Sarkozy called Britain's economic policy 'flawed' and
said he would not be repeating former PM Gordon Brown's 'mistakes' in
his own country.

On the rise: France's Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French
presidential election Francois Hollande is on course to inflict a heavy
defeat on Sarkozy
In October at an EU-27 summit, the
president retorted to criticism from UK ministers over the euro, by
telling David Cameron: ‘You have lost a good opportunity to shut up.’
He added: ‘We are sick of you criticising us and telling us what to do.
You say you hate the euro and now you want to interfere in our
forecasts by investment bank Goldman Sachs suggest the UK will fare
better than its neighbour France over the next four decades.Britain is the third biggest economy in Europe behind Germany and France, but by 2050 it will have leapfrogged both countries.

The UK will also jump from being the sixth wealthiest country in the world to third, based on national income per head.

Latest polls suggest that Sarkozy will lose the upcoming Presidential campaign by as much as 57 per cent.

While Sarkozy’s re-election after
five years in office has never been certain, this is the first time that
the polls have revealed his campaign to be heading for abject failure.The two-round contest starts in a week’s time, with the overall result out two weeks later.

A nationwide poll produced by the CSA agency showed that Francois
Hollande, Sarkozy’s Socialist rival, will win the May 6 election by 57
per cent.
This was a jump of three per cent for Hollande from a CSA poll held a week ago, despite Sarkozy campaigning tirelessly.

Even the first round of voting on April 22 – in which Sarkozy was expected
to come first – is now expected to be won by Hollande, with 27 per cent
of the vote against Sarkozy’s 26 per cent.
Two other polls produced similar figures, suggesting that the country is on course to roundly reject the conservative Sarkozy.

If Hollande does win the two-round election he will become the first
Socialist president since Francois Mitterand stepped down in 1995.

On the rise: France's Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French
presidential election Francois Hollande is on course to inflict a heavy
defeat on Sarkozy

Added: Apr-13-2012 
By: gemini
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