Der Spiegel is running rampant with its report of a secret pact between Germany, Britain, Spain and Italy to snub Hollande, the socialist candidate for French President. This is the pact that was so secret everyone knew that Merkel was supporting Sarkozy. And their path to success: avoid meeting the candidate.
What leaves this reportage rather lean is the inclusion of Cameron. Some German reporter leapt on the studied neutrality of the British government and misread this as support. Not sure this can be seen as co-ordinated though some have viewed this as a "hostile and reactionary" coalition.
If Cameron has joined such a short-sighted and idiotic campaign, then he deserves as much of a kicking as Sarkozy will receive from the irritated French electorate. Unless Cameron hinted, reverse psychology, to obtain revenge against the short-arse Napoleon.