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"Mr President, despite his own views, President Hollande is are doing rather a lot for the eurosceptic debate in France. President Hollande, the decision to reduce the retirement age, to increase the minimum wage and above all, of course, to introduce the ‘hate tax’ to make sure that all of your successful entrepreneurs – and now footballers – flee France, these all mean that the competitiveness gap between France and Germany is getting wider. That is now being reflected in a flight of capital from French banks. And people are beginning to notice that, ultimately, the euro is not just doomed in the Mediterranean, but it is going to be impossible for France and Germany to stay together inside the same economic and monetary union. So, when your Employment Minister says the country is bankrupt, what do you do? The old trick of launching a foreign military intervention. Your troops go off to Mali; and yes, it is very good to see the smiling faces in Timbuktu for the moment, but you have done this on behalf of the European Union. It is now an EU mission. Just two days ago, Tony Blair said that the European Union is not about peace, but about power. I think what he meant is the European Union increasingly will be about war because the response to Mali, the response to it being an EU mission – and we have heard it all around the the Chamber today, the Liberals urging us to intervene militarily in Syria, support from right and left in this House – is that the EU should intervene militarily. I have to say this: if you really think that taking on fundamentalist radical Islam in battle is something that we can somehow succeed in, I suspect we will launch ourselves in the same way we have in Afghanistan on a decade of unending, unwinnable misery. I do not want the United Kingdom to be part of a militaristic, warlike European Union, and that is the speech that I have heard both from you, President Hollande, and from most people in this Chamber today."@en1

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