Beyond the display of unity, it seems the article's purpose is to convince the City that the EU's French finance commissioner won't blunt our competitive edge. Hence lines like this:
Problem is, most finance types I've spoken to today seem more concerned about yesterday's PBR than anything the French might get up to. The bonus tax is unpopular, of course – but, as James said earlier, they've mostly wriggled out of that. It's the lack of a clear debt-reduction plan which really seems to be setting City nerves a-jangling.“
"We recognize the importance to Europe of ensuring that we have globally competitive financial services, and the importance of developing world-class financial centers such as London and Paris."