So­cial­ists riled by Euro­pean ‘snub pact’

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PARIS | The So­cial­ist front-run­ner in France’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Fran­cois Hol­lande, hit out at an al­leged pact Sun­day among right-wing Euro­pean lead­ers to snub him ahead of the April-may vote.

The con­ser­va­tive lead­ers of Bri­tain, Ger­many, Italy and Spain agreed not to meet Mr. Hol­lande be­cause of his prom­ise to rene­go­ti­ate an EU sta­bil­ity pact, Ger­many’s Der Spiegel mag­a­zine said in its edi­tion to be pub­lished Mon­day.

Der Spiegel said that right-wing Euro­pean lead­ers were “scan­dal­ized” by Mr. Hol­lande’s de­clared in­tent to rene­go­ti­ate the bud­getary dis­ci­pline pact signed Fri­day that they con­sider key to sav­ing the euro­zone.

The right-wing wall of si­lence al­legedly also would have been agreed to bol­ster the re-elec­tion chances of in­cum­bent con­ser­va­tive Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy, Der Spiegel said.

Mr. Hol­lande, who is tipped by polls to beat Mr. Sarkozy — 30.5 per­cent to 23 per­cent in the first round — has said he wants the treaty rene­go­ti­ated to deal more specif­i­cally with eco­nomic growth and jobs.

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