They say you shouldn't mix politics and sport, but that's what Adams does in this cartoon from The Telegraph which links Friday's Anglo-French 'mini-summit' with yesterday's Six Nations rugby match between England and France in Paris.
The cartoon shows French President François Hollande tackling British Prime Minister David Cameron, who lets go of the ball (marked 'EU reform'). The scene is a sporting metaphor for Hollande's refusal to accept the Prime Minister’s call for landmark EU treaty changes to strengthen the eurozone and reshape Britain’s position in Europe. According to the London Evening Standard, Hollande's snub "dealt a hammer blow to David Cameron’s plans to recast Britain’s relationship with the EU".
The title of the cartoon "Le Crunch" is the traditional name for the annual England versus France rugby union match in the Six Nations Championship, and is used on both sides of the English Channel. While England lost the rugby match 24-26, David Cameron will be hoping to do better in his battle for EU reform.
A crunch is a crucial point or situation, typically one at which a decision with important consequences must be made. • When it comes to the crunch, she will do what needs to be done. Crunch can also be used as a noun adjunct to describe a crucial meeting, sports game, etc., that is very important and may be the last chance to succeed. • Sunday's crunch game with Leeds will probably decide the outcome of the Championship.