Okay, maybe one post.
PARIS, May 29 (AFP) - French voters Sunday massively rejected the first-ever EU constitution in a historic referendum that deals a devastating blow to Europe's grand integration project, according to exit polls giving the "no" camp about 55 percent.
The vote was also a political slap in the face to President Jacques Chirac who had staked his prestige on the campaign for the treaty.
The CSA polling institute said the "no" camp had won an estimated 55.6 percent of the vote, the Ipsos institute put the figure at 55 percent, while Sofres said 54.5 percent had voted "no".
Chirac has heard the voters, but he just can't help lecturing:
PARIS (AFX) - President Jacques Chirac said he has taken note of the 'sovereign decision' of the French people to reject the EU constitution, but argued the result will make it harder for France to defend its interests in Europe.
In a television address after exit polls showed a clearer-than-expected victory for opponents of the constitution, Chirac said: 'The decision of France inevitably creates a difficult context for defending our interests in Europe.'
Chirac also said he would take a decision on the future of his center-right government 'in the coming days' after the vote.
The overwhelming rejection of the treaty by about 55 pct of voters constituted a slap in the face to Chirac, who had repeatedly made personal pleas to the electorate during the campaign for a 'yes' vote.
Commentators have suggested that Chirac would dismiss Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, whose popularity rating stands at about 20 pct, no matter what the outcome of the referendum.
Observers have tipped Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin and Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as possible replacements.
Obviously, this is a big rebuff to Chirac by the voters. I don't see how he can continue with Raffarin or how he can consider a run for another term.
So Chirac is the big loser in this, but European, and specifically French, democracy is a winner.
If I hear anything earth-shattering, I'll log back on.