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The French government is now playing the "hysterical woman" card on Reding...

This should be fun: chauvinisme means over-enthusiastic patriotism in French, but chauvinism is most often associated with male chauvinism in English...

AFP: Sarkozy fury over EU attack on Roma round-up

An EU founder member and the home of the concept of universal human rights, France was "astonished" and furious on Tuesday when Europe's Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding condemned the clampdown in stark terms.

"This is not about stirring controversy," said an official in Sarkozy's Elysee Palace, speaking under the office's customary condition of anonymity. "Nevertheless, some statements are simply not acceptable.

France tried to play down the row, with the Elysee insisting it is time for "calm dialogue" rather than "sterile controversy" and suggesting that Reding had spoken out of place. But in Brussels, the Commission stood by her.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:03:26 AM EST

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