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Eurotunnel boss in racism spat with local MP

[ March 8, 2013   //   ]

Eurotunnel boss Jacques Counon has accused Dover Tory MP Charlie Elphicke of xenophobia and ‘ferry-centricsm’. In a letter to Mr Elphicke, the Eurotunnel chairman and chief executive officer accused him of taking “a one-sided and limited view of developments in the cross-Channel market,” according to BBC reports.

The letter concerned the Competition Commission’s recent finding that Eurotunnel’s entry into the water-borne ferry market through the purchase of three former SeaFrance ships might be anti-competitive.

Gounon told Mr Elphicke: “Your description of Eurotunnel’s approach as ‘unacceptable, unethical and irresponsible’ leads me to believe that you..have taken a rather narrow, ill-informed and ferry centric view of life across the Channel,” the BBC reported. It added that Mr Elphicke said he was just trying to protect local jobs.

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