A Vote Against Fragmentation

CONTRARY TO THE PREDICTIONS OF EUROSKEPTICS, THE French have voted for the Maastricht treaty for a more unified Europe. It was not a resounding yes, but a significant one that is a tribute to the maturity and sense of responsibility of the French people. This yes comes as a relief in spite of Europe's continuing monetary turmoil and Britain's misgivings about the treaty. A French no would have unleashed a political earthquake upon the Continent, not only because of the centrality of France in the painstaking process of European integration, but also because of the timing of the referendum.

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