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My neighbours all voted against the constitution, but this was a nationalist "No-to-Europe" rather than the pro-European "No" of the Socialists. Meanwhile, Paris has not yet acknowledged defeat

By Tim King   July 2005

The mood in France profonde has changed in the few weeks since the referendum. Irritated by Brussels’s endless pettifogging rules, which seem aimed precisely at each of my neighbours, as well as by Paris’s general indifference to the death of the countryside, the people around here voted, massively, against. This was a nationalist No-to-Europe, rather than the more creative, pro-European No of the centre-left Socialists. There was immediately a sense of power and revenge: all those regulations on hunting, farming, hygiene would go. “We’re not a people who can be told what to do,” explained a member of a local…

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