France faces formal Brussels rebuke

BELGIUM - France was yesterday left isolated and facing a European Union reprimand after blowing a hole in the credibility of the rules that underpin the euro.

The row came as Wim Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank, attacked France, Germany and Italy for their failure to put their finances in order and rejected calls for an interest rate cut to kickstart the European economy, the Financial Times reported.

Francis Mer, French finance minister, found himself outvoted 11 to one by