France sidelining itself within European Union

23rd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, March 23, 2007 (AFP) - France has sidelined itself in the European Union and has instead become consumed with its own internal politics, the last surviving signatory of the Treaty of Rome said in an interview published Friday.

LONDON, March 23, 2007 (AFP) - France has sidelined itself in the European Union and has instead become consumed with its own internal politics, the last surviving signatory of the Treaty of Rome said in an interview published Friday.

The comments from Maurice Faure, then secretary of state at the French foreign ministry, come in the run-up to the 50th anniversary celebrations this weekend of the signing of the treaty which founded the European Union.

"The countries of northern Europe, including Germany and Britain, are now playing the leading role," Faure told the Financial Times.

"Spain and Italy are joining them."

Events will take place across the 27-member EU to mark the half century since the signing of the bloc's founding Treaty of Rome by six countries on March 25, 1957.

In comments that seemingly illustrated his point, Faure spoke also of his concern that when he attended the 50th anniversary celebrations in Berlin, he would not be able to understand what is being said.

"They won't be speaking French. When we were preparing the Treaty of Rome, we only spoke French."

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