Zapatero upbeat despite massive French 'No' vote

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the ratification process of the EU constitution must continue despite a massive rejection of the treaty by French voters.

30 May 2005

MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the ratification process of the EU constitution must continue despite a massive rejection of the treaty by French voters.

French voters delivered an overwhelming 'No' vote against the proposed constitution, throwing the whole prospect of adopting a new treaty into doubt.

Zapatero had campaigned in France last week for the 'Yes' vote.

Spain ratified the constitution after a referendum in February, despite a low turn-out.

After the French result, a Spanish government spokesman said: "Zapatero believes that the process should continue.

"The (constitutional) treaty has already been approved by nine countries, including Germany, Spain and Italy and should be submitted to a vote in the other members of the Union.

"The result of the referendum in France is not good news but it is not a catastrophe," said the spokesman, adding that "domestic French problems unfortunately influenced the vote."

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