Tuesday, May 11, 2010

France to UK: "Help yourself and heaven will help you."

Les grenouilles have expressed a certain impatience and disdain for les rosbifs.

Nothing new there, perhaps. But it is rather undiplomatic of Jean-Pierre Jouyet to effectively tell the English not to bother asking the EU for any assistance at all in the wake of any financial problems we might face in the future, simply because Chancellor Alistair Darling has refused to play ball and pledge funds to prop up the euro.

M Jouyet said:

“The English are very certainly going to be targeted given the political difficulties they have. Help yourself and heaven will help you. If you don’t want to show solidarity to the eurozone, then let’s see what happens to the United Kingdom.”

Yes, indeed. Let's see.

And he noted:

“There is not a two speed Europe but a three speed Europe. You have Europe of the euro, Europe of the countries that understand the euro...and you have the English.”


At last it is sinking in.

Though why he blamed the English for the decision of the British Government taken by a Scottish chancellor is something of a mystery.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is because that in France the British are allways refered to as 'Les Anglais'. Many people are surprised that when I refer to myself as Scottish, and that being Scottish is not being English. Very few French know that the concord between Scotland and France of the early medieval years was only formally annulled in 1902, so that the Entante Cordiale could be signed. All during this long period a Scot living in France had the same rights as a Frenchman. The same was true of a Frenchman living in Scotland.

11 May 2010 at 18:32  
Blogger 13th Spitfire said...

Did it not used to French foreign policy to break up the UK?

11 May 2010 at 18:34  
Blogger Dick Puddlecote said...

Can we leave yet?

11 May 2010 at 18:59  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Indeed. Let's see where the Euro is in 12 months time. Wait until the chain reaction starts with momentum. It is quite possible that we will all be eating cake for a while under the Tories, but I tell you we are about to learn many lessons about the EU FAIL.

Ps. I served 3 years in Germany constantly being refered to as 'Englander', and as A Welshman it was a difficult one to swallow; I am now used to it though.

Word Verification = whince

11 May 2010 at 19:08  
Anonymous Katy said...

Excuse me, is this a warning from M Jouyet or a prayer?

Help ourselves, indeed! Net contributors, morelike.

11 May 2010 at 19:48  
Blogger Si Hollett said...

We should be grateful that the last 5 days of Labour have given us the refusal to give extra bailout for Greece and hold up the Euro. Our ex-Prime Minister's most prudent and sensible move as Chancellor, by a long way, was to not join the Euro.

Goodbye Gordon Brown, and thank you for that one, and nearly-only good move in your time at the treasury.

11 May 2010 at 19:59  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

Well YG we know what we have to do, Leave the EU immediately.

11 May 2010 at 20:09  
Anonymous shane said...

Withdrawing from the European Union would be playing straight into the hands of the Scottish Nationalists. An isolated Britain would give Salmond latitude to protray Scottish independence as more forward-looking and internationalist. Left-wing and liberal voters and media columnists who now support the Union would become very alienated by membership of a political entity outside the EU. Prospective membership of the European Union concurrent with independence from the British Union could be used as a ’safety blanket’ to win over voters in a referendum. France and Germany would offer Scotland very generous terms in the hope of renewing the Auld Alliance.

11 May 2010 at 20:14  
Anonymous Katy said...


If you're right, many here in England would say 'good riddance', on both counts.

11 May 2010 at 20:27  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Anonymous @ 18.32 and Shane @ 20.14, the French expression 'La douche ecossaise' for a shower of rain tells you all you need to know about the French opinion of the Scots. The Auld Alliance was very one sided.

11 May 2010 at 21:52  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Well it should be a two way traffic. Time to tell them to go take a hike when they come shaking the collection tin in our direction. In fact time to tell them to take a permanent hike.

Shane - who gives a stuff what Salmond and the idiotic media thinks?

11 May 2010 at 22:55  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Lead Kindly Light!!

Thank you Your Grace :) :)

12 May 2010 at 01:26  
Anonymous Get Smart said...

The French are on record saying only countries in the Euro should bail out Greece. So it works the other way as well I suppose.
Better to leave the EU and get our country back.

12 May 2010 at 04:51  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Annonymous at 18.32

The 'Auld Alliance' was forever a 'shafting' of Scotland. I've never understood why so many Scots fell for such 'froggy' duplicities; and, it would seem, still do! Are you really surprised that they know not who you are?

Never mind, at least you got some bonny architecture out of it.

On a wider note: it is not without the bounds of possibility that a deliberate assault may be ventured against Stirling, in order to camouflage the deficiencies of the euro; or, to appease the appetite of those fiscal piranhas lurking in wait for easy prey.

It has always been my opinion that any deliberate, and hostile attack upon our financial resources be regarded as an 'act of war' and handled accordingly.... names to be given to the S.A.S for 're-education' perhaps? I damn-well hope so!

12 May 2010 at 18:19  
Anonymous southwood said...

Two points:
If the Scots had done something favourable for Britain and the French called this a great English thing, why I doubt very much if old Cranmer would have objected to them being called English but when the Scots do something he considers to be bad then, oh no, don't call them English. A biy hypoctitical, no ?
Secondly, the Auld Alliance lost all credibility at the time of the Reformation in Scotland when the French invaded and took prisoner men like the Reformer John Knox putting them to row the galleys. The French became hateful to the Scots.

12 May 2010 at 20:41  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Southwood - I agree with you; but often the Scots appear to forget; perhaps in their desire to be forever 'dissing' the English?

12 May 2010 at 21:55  

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