Sunday, May 29, 2005

French vote down EU Constitution Updated!

The French voters have spoken, and the word is "non".

::::::::French voters rejected the European Union's first constitution Sunday, a stinging repudiation of President Jacques Chirac's leadership and the ambitious, decades-long effort to further unite the continent.

Chirac, who had urged voters to approve the charter, announced the result in a brief, televised address. He said the process of ratifying the treaty would continue in other EU countries.

"It is your sovereign decision, and I take note," Chirac said. "Make no mistake, France's decision inevitably creates a difficult context for the defense of our interests in Europe."

In other words: yes, you had your say but, man, have you so totally screwed things up and I can't believe how stupid you all are. Funny - now where have I heard left-wing politicos say that to a majority of an electorate before?

Update: Just heard a quick headline from a local news rep as they were going to commercial. He said something like, "EU Constitution defeated by the French, details when we return."

"Defeated by the French." Wow. Now that's something you don't hear every day.