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Issue No. 1954

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“They gave us a choice: vote yes or vote yes. They were constantly beating that into us, like no other choice was possible.”
Anne-Marie Latremoliere, who voted no in last Sunday’s French referendum

“This is a great victory. The French people have got massively involved in a debate on an issue that the government wanted to just ram down their throats.”
Fabrice Savel, who also voted no

“This is yet another divorce between the leaders and the people.”
Ahmed Meguili, on the referendum result

“I’m for Europe, but not for a capitalist Europe.”
Christiane Caroli, a pensioner who voted no

“Europe is pulling us all downwards as far as working conditions and social security is concerned.”
French civil servant, on why she voted no

“Happily, certain people rose up and said no. They didn’t ask the king for permission to make a revolution.”
Bernard Birsinger, Bobigny’s Communist mayor

“France’s rejection is a victory for the hard left.”
John Lichfield, writing in the Independent

“It is your sovereign decision and I take note of it.”
Jacques Chirac, another listening premier

“This constitutional treaty, which they see as... somewhat Anglo-Saxon.”
Peter Mandelson

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Sat 4 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1954
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