EU trade chief lambasts Sarkozy
European Trade commissioner have lambasted French President on his European farmers stand. French President Sarkozy has accused Mr Mandelson and the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Pascal Lamy, of preparing to sell out European farmers in the name of free trade in the so-called Doha Round of trade talks.
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of undermining him and Europe's position at world trade talks.
Mr Sarkozy has accused Mr Mandelson of trying to force a trade deal on the EU that would destroy European jobs.
France took over the six-month rotating presidency of the EU on Tuesday.
Mr Sarkozy's comments came just days after he said Mr Mandelson had been a factor in Ireland's referendum rejection of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.
Mr Mandelson told the BBC's Newsnight programme he was "mystified" that the French president had blamed him over the Irish 'no' vote.
"I am being undermined and Europe's negotiating position in the world trade talks is being weakened and I regret that," he said.