Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Inger Andersen, Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank

Read more

FOCUS

Scottish referendum: Should I stay or should I go?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Paris conference: A coalition against the Islamic State group

Read more

ENCORE!

Encore's Film Show: Spies, doppelgangers and gay rights activists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Salmond's 'emotional eve-of poll plea to Scots to seize their historic opportunity'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Nick Witney, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Valls is starting to act like Hollande'

Read more

WEB NEWS

Wikileaks releases 'weaponized malware' customer list

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ukraine politician thrown on rubbish heap

Read more

France

Sarkozy tells nation leaving euro would be 'madness'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-12-31

In his annual address to the Nation, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that he would fight to keep the euro and said France would stick to its commitments to improve its own finances.

AFP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a New Year message Friday said that giving up the euro would be "madness" and urged citizens not to trust those who urged them to do so.

"Do not believe, my dear compatriots, those who suggest that we leave the euro. The isolation of France would be madness. The end of the euro would be the end of Europe," he said in a message broadcast on television.

Sarkozy said he would "oppose with all my strength this backward step which would make a mockery of 60 years of European construction which has brought peace and fraternity to our continent".

Europe, he added was "essential to our future, to our identity and to our values".

Date created : 2010-12-31

  • IRELAND

    Dublin requests financial bailout from EU, IMF

    Read more

COMMENT(S)