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Date published: 2005/05/29

The BBC says:

French voters have rejected the proposed EU constitution in Sunday's referendum, according to exit polls.

The polls give the "No" side 55% - in line with surveys published in the run-up to the vote.

If confirmed, the result will be a blow to President Jacques Chirac and France's two main political parties, which campaigned for a "Yes".

It could deal a fatal blow to the EU constitution, which the Union has been working on since the start of 2002.

The constitution cannot come into force unless it is ratified by all 25 EU members. So far nine had done so.
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Those who rejected the treaty included Communists, various left-wing groups, dissident socialists and far-right parties.

Not a great surprise. So the French people have rejected the constitution written largely by the French elite. The centre has been outflanked by the extremes on the right and the left. The right largely voted against this because they are French nationalists (so akin to the people who dominate the UK Tory party). And the left largely voted against this because either they wanted to kick Chirac (a worthy cause, but not the issue at stake) or because they live in a fantasy world where in a global economy the French can be wealthy yet not work. In America a small majority of deluded voters delivered Bush into the White House although Bush works against most of their interests. (Well, there is some question whether Bush really got an honest majority or only achieved one through dubious disenfranchisement of Democrat voters.) Now in France a small majority of deluded voters has said they want to stop the planet and get off. The citizens of which nation are more deluded?

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