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The demonstrators called on President Traian Basescu to step down, with some slogan-chanting protesters marching toward the heavily guarded presidential palace.
People gathered in front of the European Commission offices in Budapest on Saturday in a street protest called by the rightist Jobbik Party -- the second biggest opposition party in Hungary's parliament.
“This week the EU declared war on Hungary in a very harsh and open way," said Csanad Szegedi, a Jobbik member of European Parliament, addressing the protesters.
"If France loses its AAA, I'm dead," Sarkozy said to his advisors in October, in a confession which was leaked to the media.