Clinton tells Chirac 'don't give up' on treaty

6th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 6 (AFP) - US former president Bill Clinton said Monday he urged French President Jacques Chirac "not to be discouraged" over the historic rejection by the French electorate of the European Union's constitutional treaty.

PARIS, June 6 (AFP) - US former president Bill Clinton said Monday he urged French President Jacques Chirac "not to be discouraged" over the historic rejection by the French electorate of the European Union's constitutional treaty.  

"I don't think it means the end of the European Union," Clinton told reporters after a meeting with Chirac. "I think everybody should take a big breath, listen to the concerns of the voters and go back to work."  

Clinton said the subject of the referendum came up briefly during his 75-minute meeting with Chirac. "I told him not to be discouraged," he said.   

Clinton recalled that he also had failed to get a constitution adopted for his home state of Arkansas when he was governor there.  

The US former president was in Paris to present his "Clinton Global Initiative", which is aimed at tackling global problems.

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Subject: French News

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