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Valls hurries away from jeering crowds in Nice, July 2016

French PM tells Germans to save ‘dying’ EU

French prime minister Manuel Valls, speaking in Berlin warned Germans that Europe is in danger of breaking apart and could fail.

Published: November 18, 2016, 8:24 am

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    Valls, who spoke during a trip to the German capital on Thursday, has decided to make the certain French Socialist defeat at the polls next year, a German problem.

    He said the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election victory in the US showed how important it was to listen to disgruntled citizens, and admonished scared politicians for allowing “populists and demagogues” into the fold, Reuters reported.

    “Europe is in danger of falling apart,” Valls said at an event organized by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. “So Germany and France have a huge responsibility.”

    The Prime Minister warned that “Europe could die” without German efforts regarding investment. He suggested that economic growth could stop the rise of the right. French opinion polls show that the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen will easily win the first round of the presidential election next April.

    Valls’ dire warning confirmed that the European Central Bank, the ECB has done little for the economy while propping up markets.

    He also slammed Brexit proposals: “If they [Britain] are able to have all the advantages of Europe without the inconveniences, then we are opening a window for others to leave the European Union.”

    Valls was booed by thousands gathered in Nice in July for a memorial service to honour the victims of the ISIS attack on the French Riviera which left 84 dead, Euronews reported.

    There were jeers as he and local politicians departed in a hurry, while shouts of “Resign!” could be heard.

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