Speedy Sarko

Like his fellow European leaders, French president Nicolas Sarkozy was not expecting the Irish to vote No in the Lisbon Treaty referendum ten days ago.

21st June, 2008

Like his fellow European leaders, French president Nicolas Sarkozy was not expecting the Irish to vote No in the Lisbon Treaty referendum ten days ago.

Perhaps Sarkozy should have expected the unexpected: as a law student in the late 1970s, he wrote a thesis on the April 1969 referendum in France - the vote that forced the unexpected resignation of Charles de Gaulle after 11 years in power. But the Irish No vote is a...

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