Sommaire: May 29, 2005: Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the CFSP, expresses regret over the outcome of the referendum in France on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (Brussels)
"The French people have expressed their choice. They have ultimately preferred not to support the Treaty establishing a European Constitution.
I evidently respect their choice, but I also regret it with an equal measure of sincerity.
Europe needs its people, but each one of us also needs her. Europe is, above all else, a venture of hope.
Consultations will start. The new situation arising as a result of the vote in France as well as the repercussions thereof will need to be analysed in a calm and lucid manner."