From THE LOCAL (France):
Laurence Parisot, the head of the influential bosses' organization, Medef, has hit out at what she sees as deliberate attempts by the US to shift their own economic woes to Europe.
Parisot said the problems started when China decided to "teach the US a lesson" about the level of its debt over the summer.
"The Americans then wanted to pass the buck to Europe," she said. "We saw a kind of psychological war and an attempt to destabilize the euro zone."
Parisot cites as an example the "unfounded" rumours about French banks which were spread by the American media.
"The front pages of the American media announced the death of such and such a bank and even the end of the eurozone," she said. "We went from attacks on Spain to attacks on Italy, then on France and as far as rumours that Germany would be downgraded last week!"
"Markets over-reacted," she added, "as they are by nature very sensitive to rumours."
"When American publications, which are read by investors and analysts, lead with these false and dramatic announcements, there are questions to be asked," she said.
COMMENT: OMG! The Americans will be imposing unfair trade restrictions and adopting one-sided protectionist import policies next! (Sorry, Kirkepiscatoid, that was sarcasm again).