Today David Cameron is meeting Francoid Hollande to discuss “the range of bilateral issues”. Yet it could be something of a frosty encounter, as David Cameron openly backed Hollande’s opponent Nicholas Sarkozy in this year’s Presidential election. Here are just a few of the endorsement’s Cameron gave Sarko:
Speaking back in February to Le Figaro, Cameron said:
“Nicolas Sarkozy has my support. I say it clearly”
At a joint press conference with the then French President, Cameron said:
“We’ll be following your fortunes in the weeks to come on the campaign trail and, as I said, I wish you luck”
“I admire Nicolas Sarkozy’s courage and his leadership and I think he has achieved great things for his country.”
Unsurprisingly comments like these led Hollande to remark that Conservative European leaders “don’t like me very much”.
That could make today’s meeting a little awkward…
However it’s not the first time Cameron’s reverse midas touch has been at work in foreign elections. Cameron also backed John McCain for US President.