Sarkozy says Britain's Cameron would warm to Europe
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy sized up David Cameron on Wednesday, saying Britain's Conservative would-be prime minister would be forced to abandon his euroscepticism if elected, sources said.
"If Cameron wins, he will do like the others: start anti-European and end up pro-European. Those are the rules," Sarkozy said, according to sources present at a closed-door meeting between the president and lawmakers.
Cameron, whom the latest polls showed to be ahead in the race for votes in Thursday's election, has vowed to stand up for British voters against what he sees as the creeping power of EU bureaucrats in Brussels.
But France, one of the European Union's most influential powers, has played down any concerns about anti-European politicians coming to power in Britain.
France's minister for Europe Pierre Lellouche, who last year slammed the British Conservative party's attitude to the European Union, was quoted by the International Herald Tribune on Wednesday as hailing them as "friends".
Sarkozy also hailed the role played in Europe by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who he said had offered "great support" during the Greek debt crisis even though Britain is outside the eurozone.
© 2010 AFP