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It's hello to the French presidency

By Manneken Pis   July 2000

Jour de gloire

Right now it is hard to imagine a time when Euro 2000 will actually be over. But it will not be long before Brussels and all its works sinks back into obscurity-sadly at the very moment that France takes over the EU presidency. Yet signs are that the jour de gloire, 1st July-on the eve of the Rotterdam final-could kick off a very interesting six months. For starters, no-one is buying the old idea that French self-interest is identical with the European project, whatever that means these days. Serious problems are stacking up between now and the…

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