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French leaders declare a war of words on Britain

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/12/2011

James Kirkup

Christian Noyer, the governor of the Bank of France, said that Britain faced larger national debts, higher inflation and slower growth than France.

François Baroin, the finance minister, said Britain was marginalised and faced a very difficult economic situation because of Coalition policies.

The blunt remarks are the latest sign of Anglo-French tension following David Cameron's refusal last week to back a new European treaty drawn up in response to the eurozone crisis.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, also provoked anger in France recently by suggesting it could be the next eurozone economy to experience a debt crisis. France and Germany want a new treaty to create a fiscal union of eurozone members, to control their deficits and reassure the markets.

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"French leaders declare a war of words on Britain", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2011. Consulté le 19/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/french-leaders-declare-a-war-of-words-on-britain