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How well will the new French president get on with the new British prime minister? The British ambassador to the EU isn't going to hang around to find out

By Manneken Pis   June 2007

Can Sarkozy and Brown be friends?

Ahead of France’s presidential elections most British politicians made little secret of their preference for a Sarkozy victory. Sarko was, after all, more reform-minded and better disposed towards Anglo-Saxons than his socialist opponent. Moreover, he has promised not to hold a referendum on any treaty that might rise from the ashes of the European constitution.

But in the cold light of day, the election of Sarkozy seems no more than the better of two evils. One might have thought that, as a former finance minister, Sarko would have bonded with Gordon Brown. In…

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