Friday 16 December 2011
French Finance Minister Francois Baroin has become the latest senior figure in Paris to criticise weaknesses in the British economy.
Earlier the chairman of the French central bank suggested that the UK's credit rating should be downgraded - ahead of France.
Tonight we look at what lies behind these extraordinary attacks.
Also we look back at the life of author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62.
And David Grossman looks back across the political year.
This is our last programme of year - we return on Tuesday 3rd January 2011.