Bitter French seize their moment to slate the Brits
Not being English could work to Ireland's advantage as rivals engage in a war of words, writes Aoife Drew
Published 25/12/2011 | 05:00
IT seems that the time is getting near for France to say au revoir to its cherished triple 'A' rating. Being a proud nation, obviously the blow is hitting hard, leaving Sarkozy and his band of not-so-merry men bitter and angry. So angry, in fact, they have stooped to the population's favourite guilty pleasure: slagging off Les Brits.
OK, so maybe Cameron deserves it. Since he decided that Britain didn't want to play Eurogames anymore, the country has become the Billy-No-Mates of the playground. But did François Baroin really have to say 'we'd prefer to be French than British right now'? Sure why didn't he go ahead and throw in a 'nah nah nah nah nah', give a Gallic shrug and blow a raspberry? And as for Sarkozy calling Cameron 'an obstinate kid' -- that surely should justify a stay on the naughty step?
It's amazing that even Nick Clegg, who totally disagrees with Cameron, called up Prime Minister François Fillon to tell him that France should be "taking steps to calm down the rhetoric". Yes, on a diplomatic level, it probably would be more sensible and politically correct if the lads did pipe down. But in reality, no self-respecting Frenchman is going to let pass a golden opportunity to slate 'les rosbifs'.