About Patrice de Beer
Patrice de Beer is former London and Washington correspondent for Le Monde
Articles by Patrice de Beer
Whatever its failures, misgivings and contradictions, Europe probably didnt deserve the political tsunami created by the French referendum which, on Sunday 29 May, rejected decisively the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe. But Frances gift to Europe, which has left in its wake a trail of disaster and pushed the constitution into a period of limbo, is not an ordinary vote.
Whenever France acts independently in the international arena and, especially if she fails to fall in line with the United States, the country is deemed to be a troublemaker. Viewed from Washington or London, we are an obvious usual suspect.