Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Nicole Kidman, Queen of the festival

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Abdelamadjid is the new Algerian Tebboune Prime Minister

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's Handshake Showdown

Read more

THE DEBATE

Trump at NATO: What future for the Atlantic Alliance? (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Trump at NATO: What future for the Atlantic Alliance? (part 1)

Read more

FOCUS

Life after IS group: Young Iraqis learn to live together in Kirkuk

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Robert Pattinson stars in Safdie brothers heist 'Good Time'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Trump on 'learning curve' but poll numbers 'will go up'

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Is Venezuela on the verge of anarchy?

Read more

France

Sarkozy turns back on 'Anglo-Saxon model'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-04-13

Once known as "Sarkozy the American" for his support of liberal economics, the French president has accused Britain's Financial Times of blindly advocating an "Anglo-Saxon model" in its criticism of his economic policies.

AFP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in the midst of a re-election campaign, has taken aim at the British Financial Times daily, accusing it of blindly supporting the "Anglo-Saxon model" of economics.

"They don't agree with me, which I really rejoice in that, you know, because I don't agree with them," Sarkozy said during a television debate Thursday on France 2.

"The FT, as they say in informed circles, has always defended the Anglo-Saxon model, considering the French incorrigible and that we would do better to align ourselves to the Anglo-Saxon model," he added.

Sarkozy faces a tough fight against French Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande over two rounds of voting on April 22 and May 6.

"The FT has thought for many years that the solution for the world is that there should be no law... I think exactly the opposite," Sarkozy said.

"The FT explains to us that it is necessary to act exactly like Britain, which is in a far worse economic situation than France."

His comments came after the Financial Times published a piece headlined "Broken promises come back to haunt Sarkozy."

In it the paper said that the French president's promises to raise spending power and create more jobs "are now being thrown back in his face as broken promises".


Date created : 2012-04-13

  • FRENCH ELECTIONS 2012

    French presidential rivals spar over markets

    Read more

  • FRENCH ELECTIONS 2012

    French left rally behind anti-NATO Mélenchon

    Read more

  • FRENCH ELECTION 2012

    Royal endorsement gives Hollande campaign boost

    Read more

COMMENT(S)