French voters have overwhelmingly rejected the EeeYeww's constitution. So have the Dutch. Now, everyone expected the French to do so, I mean they were worried about placing the decision-making power for their country in...Brussels! Oh the horror! I mean Belgians are so much different than the French, after all, mon dieu! But even the Netherlands can't abide by the EU constitution. I wonder why?
According to Voice of America News, the reason most cited by French voters for the rejection was that the constitution referred to opening the EU market to competition. This would endanger the plentiful French job market, unemployment now languishing at around ten per cent. The French are worried that the new, low taxed Eastern European countries will take their jobs away. And they will! Because they will work cheaper, harder and do the job better and more efficiently. And in the process, they will not strike to get 40 hours pay for 32 hours work, a month or two of vacation time a year, a nice two hour lunch/drunkfest paid by the employer, etc.
It appears that a few of the EU countries think it is a good idea to open up the market to free trade: Britain, Scandanavia, Eastern Europe. The French want the state to take care of them. In insisting upon this for the past twenty years, they have pretty much bankrupted their state and economy. Now they think it is a good idea if the combined countries of Europe take care of them in the style to which they have become accustomed.
I hope the EU doesn't get it together, because they could be a great competitor to the US, but if they do it right: free markets and no welfare state, I wish them luck and good fortune. And if they do, I hope they boot France out and keep them there.
Oh and I hope Dominique de Villepin ( who is a man) takes over for Chiraq. He deserves it.