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Nicolas Sarkozy Attacks Czech Refusal to Fly EU Flag

Thursday 18 December 2008

Nicolas Sarkozy Attacks Czech Refusal to Fly EU Flag

‘The French president sided with federalist Euro-MPs who are engaged in a bitter feud with Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president and a Eurosceptic. Senior MEPs, including the president of the European Parliament, Hans Gert Poettering, caused a diplomatic incident ten days ago after demanding that Mr Klaus hoist the European flag over his residence during bad tempered talks in Prague.

"It was a wound, it was an outrage to see that flags had been taken down from public buildings," said President Sarkozy, the current holder of the EU’s six-month rotating presidency which he hands over to the Czech Republic in January.’

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