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Sarkozy promises French fleets he will loosen EU fishing curbs - Independent Online Edition > Europe

President Nicolas Sarkozy has blown up a storm in the troubled waters of European fishing policy by promising to push for the abolition - or weakening - of national catch limits, or quotas.

In comments to French trawlermen in Boulogne-sur-Mer, M. Sarkozy said it was time to "get out of" the quota system which has ruled EU fisheries policy since it was created 25 years ago. He suggested that France would grab the "opportunity" to change the system when it takes over the presidency of the European Union in the second half of this year.

M.Sarkozy's comments - dismissed by opposition politicians and some French newspapers as "demagoguery" - were heavily modified yesterday by his Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Michel Barnier. He said that France did not want to scrap national catch quotas but to "improve" them by fixing the limits for several years, instead of 12 months.

EU officials and British fishermen's leaders complained yesterday that M. Sarkozy's comments were "crowd-pleasing" rather than helpful. They said that EU quotas, although often criticised, were essential for the management of threatened fish stocks and to organise a fair division of catches between national fishing fleets.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:19:15 PM EST
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Sarkozy never stops blundering like this. He is:

  1. ignorant;
  2. beset with an inferiority complex that makes him say anything he thinks will please.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 01:48:48 AM EST
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But as spectator sport, it's better than "Dangerous Housewives" or whatever that show is.  (This comment ignores the significant follow-on effects of the disaster that is Sarko.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 03:46:53 AM EST
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Sarko is the last example of France having to follow US tendencies (albeit protesting a lot against americanisation/globalisation - these words are insults in french - while doing so).

On a lighter note, this reminds me the endless critics against "big brother" a few years ago. A typical US product of media shit, according to (french) critics at the time. The famous last stand resisted for less than one year before the program was on french TV.

Sometimes, it is infuriating, but more often it's just ridiculous.^_^

by Xavier in Paris on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 04:07:19 AM EST
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Desperate Housewives, sadly.  Dangerous Housewives might be interesting.  Just think of the possibilities . . . four suburban housewives start a jihadist terror cell, or go on a cross-country bank robbing spree to pay off their ARMs, or start an armed revolutionary movement to tear down the oppressive class system that restricts their ability to buy overpriced junk.
by Zwackus on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 01:58:17 AM EST
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