According to the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Angela Merkel and her Conservative European counterparts have a secret agreement: they will not meet Nicolas Sarkozy's main challenger in France's presidential election, François Hollande. The centre-right leaders are believed to be boycotting the Socialist presidential candidate, as there is concern over Hollande's desire to renegotiate the hard-won fiscal compact.
Christophe Robeet puts the question to two leading MEPs:
- Catherine TRAUTMANN, French MEP, Alliance of Socialists and Democrats;
- Jorgo CHATZIMARKAKIS, German MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats.
Produced by Domitille Blanc.