- Three questions
The European constitution has been rejected
in France and in the Netherlands. It was your wish. Do you feel
some responsibility that these two referendums could mean the
end of the idea of a European Community?
- I am pleased by this negative vote.
- It is an historic vote; it gives
hope for a Europe with more solidarity.
The people of France have decided. They do not accept to be deprived
of the control of their future. The project of the European constitution
is dead and this vote has to be respected. It is not simply a
stop. It is the foundations for building Europe that are at stake.
- What is there in common between
the NO of Mgr. Gaillot and the ones of JM Lepen (extreme right),
Mrs Laguiller (extreme left) or Mr de Villiers (sovereignty activist)?
Are you not disturbed by this de facto alliance?
- The "no" has been chosen
by a majority of French people.
A great part of the working class who are suffering of the liberal
economy of the European Union and France has voted "no".
A majority of the younger generations
have voted "no". I am sensitive to the protest of the
unemployed workers and to their precariousness. My solidarity
is with them and it should not be considered as a de facto alliance
with politic leaders from the extreme right or left parties.
5 hours after the official result
of the referendum in France, the Chinese government announced
that he was not going to increase taxes on exported textiles
while suppressing taxes on other categories of textiles. This
decision should accelerate the invasion of Chinese textiles on
the world market and thus in Europe. Is it not the sign that
a divided Europe is a less respected Europe? Is it not proof
that a larger grouping of countries can handle the problems raised
by the globalisation of the economy (transfer of Companies abroad,
loss of jobs, unfair competitiveness)?
- I noticed that an announced apocalyptic
event did not happen 5 hours after the "no". The danger
does not come only from China; it is already in the social degradation,
in the breaking up of the code of employment, the public services
The primacy of a "free and not bias competition", the
absolute absence of control on capital movements, on goods and
services, have the consequence that more and more men and women
are being brought in exclusion. They are "in excess".
On May 29, the French people did request
a social Europe, respectful of the environment, and with more
concern for the countries of the South. They want a Europe built
on justice and solidarity.
The movement "Attac" said rightly: " There will
be no social justice without a fair taxation". We should
request the end of tax heavens and legal exemptions. There are
a dozen of them in Europe.
(Interviewed by Olivier Galzi)