Obama Disses Brits, Says “France is Our Biggest Ally”


obama1Barack Obama has declared that France is America’s greatest ally, undermining Britain’s special relationship with the U.S. The President risked offending British troops in Afghanistan by saying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘stronger friend’ than David Cameron.

The remarks, during a White House appearance with Mr Sarkozy, will reinforce the widely-held view in British diplomatic circles that Obama has less interest in the Special Relationship than any other recent American leader.

Obama said: ‘We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people.’

The comments follow a pattern of coldness towards the UK. When Gordon Brown was prime minister, Obama snubbed his requests for meetings in the U.S.

He also denounced Britain during his inauguration speech.

The UK has lost nearly 350 troops in the war against the Taliban – seven times as many as France.

And there are more than 10,000 British soldiers serving in Helmand province, compared with just 3,850 Frenchmen.Mr Obama’s stance was swiftly condemned in Westminster.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a former commander of the Sherwood Foresters regiment, said: ‘I’m getting a bit fed up with the American President using terms like “best ally” so loosely.

‘It’s Britain that has had more than 300 servicemen killed in Afghanistan, not France.

‘That to my mind is a lot more powerful than any political gesture making.’

The remarks also angered conservatives in Washington.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Centre For Freedom at the Heritage Foundation think-tank, said: ‘Quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the U.S. President is difficult to fathom.

‘And if the White House means what it says this represents an extraordinary sea change in foreign policy.’Dr Gardiner, a former aide to Lady Thatcher, added: ‘To suggest that Paris and not London is Washington’s strongest partner is simply ludicrous.

‘Such a remark is not only factually wrong but insulting to Britain, not least coming just a few years after the French knifed Washington in the back over the war in Iraq.’

{Daily Mail/Matzav.com}


  1. This article – if it is indeed true and correct – could well be the catalyst for the British public demanding the removal of British troops from any support of the United States’ armed forces overseas.

    The US, under the leadership of President George W Bush, was only too pleased for Britain’s assistance in the prosecution of what are, after all, America’s wars.

    President Obama should remember the old proverb saying “You don’t bite the hand that feeds you”.

    Lastly, and before any armchair patriots bring the subject up, Britain has more than repaid any moral or tangible obligations it might have owed to the United States for the latter’s support in the two world wars in the previous century.

  2. Ah, France! A nation to learn from – the fastest fleeing from any conflict!
    As far as ‘dissin’ the Brits’, the President has already removed the Churchill bust…

  3. This is an old argument. Two hundred years ago the Federalists were pro-Britain and the Republicans (not the same party as the one using that name today) were pro-France.

  4. If France is our biggest ally, we are in major trouble.
    As the saying goes – with friends like these, we don’t need enemies.

  5. #5,

    Sarkozy himself has Jewish ancestry and he is not one of the bad guys. In fact, he is the first French leader from the French Right who is favorable to Jews — ever!

  6. This does follow a pattern. As I heard a guest on Malzberg’s show say, Obama has a special hatred towards the British because of their colonialism of Kenya. The whole idea of western colonialism is personal to him.

  7. why would matzav publish this headline in quotes when obama never said such a thing?
    Obama used a phrase used by millions of people which is always understood as meaning what it exactly is stated to mean. Obama said “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy and the French people.”

    When the other millions of people in the world use the expression it is always understood as literally true: x” is not superseded by anyone else. Period. The statement makes no claim that “X” surpasses ” Y” or “Z” in the relationship so described.

    Anyone who would interpret otherwise is just biased for unfortunate reasons, again the President who- now that we see the sanctions have worked against Iran according to the Mossad, is the greatest protector of the Klal Yisroel in history. ( along with all of the wnormous money and weapons he is providing Israel…and the soon to be pardon of Jonathan Pollard)

  8. The first poster is correct. My first reaction as a Briton was to say bring the troops home. Let the Americans do it all themselves (or ask the French to plug the gap). As a British citizen of Irish decent would say to the President that we all have cause to regret past behaviour but historical prejudices have no part to play in modern international politics. We should judge each other by our present actions.

  9. Orwell, by stating that “x is not superseded by anyone else”, you are implying that x surpasses both y and z, and the entire alphabet for that matter.