BBC: French voters reject EU charter
French voters have overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution in a key referendum. Almost 55% of people voted "No", with 45% in favour, according to final interior ministry figures. The vote could deal a fatal blow to the EU constitution, which needs to be ratified by all 25 member states.
I have a little conspiracy theory going here:
We Brits are seen as the worst Europeans: we turned up late; we keep siding with the Americans (and look where that got us); we insist on a rebate; we're nearly always the last to agree to any new initiative. Never mind the fact that our rebate is totally justified, and that, when we do finally sign up to new European initiatives, we're one of the few countries that actually sticks to them—the point is, we are still seen as the worst Europeans. Why do you think we keep coming near the bottom in the European Song Contest, for Pete's sake?
Which is why the French have voted Non.
They're using reverse psychology, you see. They know the Brits are never going to vote for anything with the word European in the title—especially when it was drafted by a Frenchman—so they've voted Non to make us think it might actually be a good thing. (Which it might well be.)
Cunning devils, the French.