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David Cameron, February 4 at the Council (archives)

The corridors of the European Council were rather agitated on Friday during the debate on the Libyan conflict. A lively exchange pitted Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, and David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, against Cathy Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and British member of the European Commission. The French and the British defended the idea of ​​strong action, of precise military options, putting forward “acts of barbarity” of the regime. For David Cameron, it is clear: “Gaddafi is going on a rampage, he is waging war on his own people, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and, at present, we do not know what horrors await us in the desert".

Screams in the hallway

The two leaders criticized the High Representative for remaining passive, for doing nothing. The exchange finally ended, in a very undiplomatic tone, under the amazed noses of several delegations. “ You missed it all, your serve failed yelled Nicolas Sarkozy that Cameron held back by the sleeve. We “heard screaming in the hallway” explains a witness. “Restrain your horses” said the High Representative to put an end to the two fanatics… It’s certain, Cathy Ashton didn’t make two friends. The two madmen have memories!

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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