Letter: Tory quandary over leadership

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The Independent Online
Sir: The hue and cry in the English media today is somewhat puzzling. My French daily newspaper says this morning:

La France, l'Allemagne et leurs partenaires ont prefere ceder aux pretentions britanniques et espagnoles.

and goes on to state:

John Major apparait pourtant comme le vainqueur de cette tribulation institutionnelle.

Is there some problem with translation, mid-Channel?

Yours faithfully,


Hatfield, Hertfordshire

30 March

The writer is prospective Conservative candidate for the European Parliament for Hertfordshire.