Category Archives: France

PSOE add pressure on Rajoy over Sarkozy

President Sarkozy’s earlier comments are still causing a headache for the Government which it could do without. This time, the main opposition party, the PSOE are calling on the Partido Popular to reject the French premier’s words and to call him to task.

Soraya Rodríguez, PSOE spokesman in the Congress of Deputies, called on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to defend Spain and its economy on an international level.

Rodríguez has been quick to capitalise on the discomfort that Rajoy and his colleagues must be feeling about Sarkozy’s blunt turn of phrase. Although public ally they contain to insist the French president means to draw comparisons with the poor economic policies of the previous socialist government, in private many will be wondering why their Conservative cousins and allies in the European Parliament have chosen this difficult time to knock the Spanish economy even further. Many will also be asking why Sarkozy did not chose to air his views on the failure of the previous government ahead of the last election.

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Sarkozy strikes again

French President Nicolas Sarkozy renews his attack on the Spanish Economy (photo: Downing Street)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has this morning renewed his negative comments about the state of the Spanish economy. Fresh from yesterday’s attack on the socialist policies which brought Spain to its knees, Sarkozy this morning said on French Radio: “Do you think the French people want to follow the fortunes of Greece and Spain?”

The comments, although hardly extensive, have hit the headlines in the Spanish media once again. Yesterday’s comments were easily played down by Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos, as part of an electoral campaign to warn of the dangers of socialism. However, renewing the attack in less than 24 hours is starting to look like the French premier is talking the Spanish economy down – something which Spain’s Government are desperate to avoid as the market views their economy with suspicion.

If yesterday’s comments were unhelpful, then today’s will be downright irritating to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his colleagues, as they try desperately to restore market confidence in their reforms and economic policies.

Sarkozy stokes the flames

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France (photo: UMP)

As Government ministers in Spain try desperately to combat the pessimism about their country’s economic future, they will no doubt be none too pleased that President Sarkozy of France has today highlighted the Spanish economic crisis as a failure to be avoided.

Sarkozy, who faces the first round of the French Presidential elections in just two weeks, used live television broadcast to attack his political rival, the Socialist Francois Hollande. Sarkozy claimed Hollande would drive France to an economic situation “worthy of Spain, or above all Greece”.

The denigration of the Spanish economy at a time when Government ministers are desperately trying to hold back the tide of market jitters will have not been appreciated in  Madrid. Sarkozy will argue his attack was directed at the socialist model, although his timing will not be viewed as helpful by his fellow conservative and ally Mariano Rajoy.