Trichet shown red card for speaking English

French deputies walked out of the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly on Monday 21 June when ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet began addressing a meeting in English, according to Reuters.

"Speak French, it's the least you can do," one heckled him as they marched out of the hall at the Council's headquarters in Strasbourg, Reuters said.

The former Bank of France governor promptly switched to French to plead: "Please don't leave," and explained that the Frankfurt-based bank used English as its