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Sarkozy cheeses off Merkel

Eish!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s relations with French President Nicolas Sarkozy have sunk to a new low after she discovered he had mocked her for taking a second helping of cheese.

A slanging match between the two at a retirement party on Wednesday for European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet was said to have been so loud that it was audible even as the orchestra struck up the EU anthem “Ode to Joy”.

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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Sebastien Pirlet

Merkel is understood to have been hurt after learning that Sarkozy had told another EU leader that over dinner “she says she is on a diet and then helps herself to a second helping of cheese”.

Last month allegations emerged that Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi had told a newspaper editor that the 57-year-old Chancellor was an “un****able fat ****”. - Daily Mail

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