Perhaps angered by the British press’ mockery of his sartorial choices, the French President gave a cruel smack down to Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason during a press conference today.
Here’s the key parts of exchange, via Paul Waugh:
Mason: “It’s evident that you and Mme Merkel, the two most powerful governments in Europe, are trying to change the governments of Italy and Greece. How is that just? And once it’s started, where does it stop?”
Sarkozy: “We didn’t want to change the Government ether in Greece or in Italy, that’s not the role we play and that’s not my idea of democracy either, but it’s quite clear that in Europe, and perhaps the fact that you come from an island, you can’t understand the subtleties of the European construction.”
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