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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Peter Mandelson that the French President was undermining Europe’s negotiating position in the world trade talks, and if so had the Prime Minister raised this with President Sarkozy, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister certainly believed that Mr Mandelson was doing an excellent job as Trade Commissioner as he said in Brussels about 10 days ago. The Prime Minister also said that what Peter Mandelson was doing as Trade Commissioner was taking forward the agreed policy of the European Union.

Put that Peter Mandelson had said this on the record several times and President Sarkozy had also attacked him several times, and did the Prime Minister have any thoughts on that beyond vague generalities, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister’s thoughts on that, which were more than vague generalities, were outlined about 10 days ago when he set out his position very clearly.

Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to President Sarkozy on this, the PMS replied that when the Prime Minister did meet President Sarkozy of course he raises issues relating to the world trade round, and he would continue to do so.

Put that Peter Mandelson had said that it posed a great problem because as negotiator for the EU he needed the unity of the member states, and was it Britain’s position that he could not function unless he had every state behind him, the PMS replied that Britain’s position was that what Peter Mandelson was doing was enacting the agreed position of the European Union, and he was right to do that.

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