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Barroso provides 'fuel' for the far right, says Arnaud Montebourg

MontebourgYOU can thank the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, for the rise of the far right in Europe, leading Socialist minister, Arnaud Montebourg, has said.

Speaking on France Inter, the ministre du Redressement productif, said Barroso was 'the fuel' for the rise of the Front National (FN) and other far right parties.

He spoke yesterday on the day that the FN secured 46% of the vote in a run-off with the UMP party for the Villeneuve-sur-Lot seat of disgraced Socialist MP Jérôme Cahuzac who stepped down following a tax evasion scandal.

Arnaud Montebourg targeted Jose Manuel Barroso for criticism, but also said that the European Commission was taking measures which worked against the people of Europe, claiming that it 'furthers the cause of all the pro-sovereignty, anti-European, parties in the EU'.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has responded to French accusations that he is fuelling the rise of far-right parties by saying French politicians are making a "scapegoat" of the EU to distract from their own economic difficulties.

via www.france24.com

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