Paris calls on Barroso not to take Goldman Sachs job

Jose Manuel Barroso's appointment to the role of non-executive chairman and advisor at Goldman Sachs has caused a furore in the EU (AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier)
Jose Manuel Barroso's appointment to the role of non-executive chairman and advisor at Goldman Sachs has caused a furore in the EU (AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier)

Paris (AFP) - France called Wednesday for former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso not to take a job advising banking giant Goldman Sachs on the consequences of Brexit.

"Mr Barroso has helped anti-Europeans. I appeal solemnly for him to give up the post," France's Minister for Europe Harlem Desir told France's National Assembly.

The bank hired Barroso, who headed the executive of the 28-nation European Union from 2004 until 2014, as an advisor on the British public's June 23 vote to leave the EU, drawing fire from leftist politicians in Europe.

Despite the criticism, Barroso's appointment adheres to the European Commission's rules that specify that commissioners remain accountable to the body for 18 months after the end of their term.