French 'no' vote a 'political earthquake'

14th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

FRANKFURT, April 14 (AFP) - A "no" vote in the French referendum on the EU Constitution would be disastrous both for Europe and for France, former EU Commission President Jacques Delors warned in a newspaper interview published Thursday.

FRANKFURT, April 14 (AFP) - A "no" vote in the French referendum on the EU Constitution would be disastrous both for Europe and for France, former EU Commission President Jacques Delors warned in a newspaper interview published Thursday.

"A rejection would lead to a political earthquake in France," Delors told the Financial Times Deutschland.

"It would also weaken France's international position," he warned. "A 'no' would be a blow, both for Europe and for France."

France is to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution on May 29, with opinion polls showing the 'no' camp in the lead.

Delors, who headed the EU Commission in Brussels between 1985 and 1995, said that the role of the EU's executive body would be weakened in the event of a French 'no' vote and Europe would become increasingly organised via cooperation between the different capital cities.

"That would mean that the power relationship between the states alone would decide," he warned.

© AFP

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