Sunday, March 11, 2012

The protectionist Sarkozy?

 Why does the eu exist if not for a free trade zone? I believe that is all it should be. People like Sarkozy believe it should be much more, but in order to try and save his election, he says otherwise.

VILLEPINTE, Paris (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy, recasting himself as France's savior from low-cost competition and high immigration, threatened to disregard European limitations on protectionism as he sought to give his re-election campaign a second wind on Sunday. Going out on a limb that risks angering France's European partners, Sarkozy said it was time to support local companies and stop the uncontrolled influx of immigrants and cheap imports that demonstrate Europe's lack of protectionist controls. Addressing some 30,000 people at a vast conference centre just outside Paris, Sarkozy vowed to pull France out of the European Union's open-borders Schengen zone unless there was progress over the year ahead in fortifying Europe's borders. He also proposed a European law similar to the "Buy American Act" which would require governments to favor European-made products in their purchases, and said that without advances in that area, France would start applying the rule unilaterally.

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