French pressure for re-run of Lisbon vote

‘The Irish will have to vote again.” These were the words of French President Nicolas Sarkozy according to MPs from the ruling UMP party who attended his briefing last Tuesday.

19th July, 2008

‘The Irish will have to vote again.” These were the words of French President Nicolas Sarkozy according to MPs from the ruling UMP party who attended his briefing last Tuesday.

To French observers, the remark did not come as a surprise, despite smacking of poor timing just six days ahead of his visit to Ireland. As early as June 18, Le Canard Enchainé, a famously well-informed satirical newspaper, quoted Sarkozy as saying in...

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