Planet France

The French are going to reject the Euroconstitution, and for some reason this is worrying some Brits. There’s some interesting anthropology in this post by Jon Henley, and here‘s a contrasting piece from a couple of years ago. (There’s a much more exciting effort from Boris Johnston here (free reg), which includes the following:

The French seem to be against it for precisely the reasons – free trade and competition – that moderate Euro-sceptics should be broadly for it; and British Euro-sceptics are against it for precisely the reasons – more regulation and interference – that your average French Lefty should be in favour of it. We can’t both be right. One of us must be mad, and the answer (I suppose I would say this, but it is true) is that the French Non campaign has seized the wrong end of the stick with awesome tenacity.

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