The new British Prime Minister David Cameron made his first official trip abroad in his new position and was hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy
at the Elysée Palace
where after the meeting the French Premier revealed he believed he can transform the Eurosceptic British PM’s views on the EU.
“He'll start out Eurosceptic and finish up pro-European. It's the rule. He'll be like all the others
,” he said.
According to the Reuters news agency, Mr Sarkozy, already “very disappointed
” when his British counterpart Cameron’s party withdrawing its MEPs from the majority centre-right party group in the European Parliament, confessed that at first he was less European at the beginning of his political career and "became gradually more and more European. Why do I say so? Because I have understood one thing, which is that, if you want to change things, you cannot do so alone.
"In terms of Europe, I do not want to judge David Cameron or anyone else
," Mr Sarkozy said during a later press conference after a bilateral meeting, adding however that "to turn things around, Britain is needed
The French president stressed that "I have always developed the idea that the 'Entente Cordiale' was not enough. It fell short of the mark, and that we needed to do things differently that would bring our countries closer, that go way beyond what I can do, or what whoever is in Downing Street could do.
And someone versed in European history can understand why Mr Sarkozy is so confident. After all, it was a Conservative Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher
) who signed the Single European Act
in 1986 and it was a Conservative Prime Minister (John Major
) who agreed to the Maastricht Treaty