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Cameron Says His Intervention Wouldn’t Help Sarkozy Election Bid

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said his intervention wouldn’t help French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election campaign.

“I want to take this chance to wish him well in his battles ahead,” Cameron said at a joint press conference in Paris today after the two met. “But I’m not sure that if I took part in his campaign it would have the effect my friend here wants.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she’ll attend some Sarkozy election rallies. The French president didn’t say if he wants Cameron to do the same.

“The support from David Cameron gives me pleasure,” Sarkozy said. “In this period, it doesn’t bother me for people to say good things about me rather than bad.”

Sarkozy announced Feb. 15 that he’s running for a second term. He trails his Socialist challenger Francois Hollande in the polls ahead of the first round of elections on April 22. As the top two vote getters, Sarkozy and Hollande are expected to face off in the deciding round May 6.

Relations between Britain and France have been strained in recent months by Cameron’s refusal in December to back a European Union accord to strengthen the euro and by Sarkozy’s push for an EU-wide financial-transaction tax.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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