Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed in the New Year with his annual address to nation. In addition to the sensible confirmation that he would stay committed to improving France’s finances, he added that he would also fight to keep the euro.
Giving up the euro would constitute “madness”, according to the French President, and he urged his fellow countrymen to not lose faith in the troubled currency:
“Do not believe, my dear compatriots, those who suggest that we leave the euro. The isolation of France would be madness. The end of the euro would be the end of Europe…. [I] oppose with all my strength this backward step which would make a mockery of 60 years of European construction which has brought peace and fraternity to our continent.”
Mr. Sarkozy should read his history books. Europe had a great history prior to integration; even France had its bright moments. The Enlightenment, the Renaissance, the birth of Western civilization – all seemed to occur prior to this euro-centric push for integration.