Forget the current French leader Francois Hollande taking the initiative to stand up to the European Union, and instead look forward and backward to see both a potential and former President of France calling for a referendum vote to the leave the EU.
On Aug. 14, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy publicly called for the government to allow the people of France to follow in the UK’s footsteps and issue a Frexit referendum vote in the coming months.
Opposition to the European Union has swelled throughout France in recent months as nationalist and far-right parties have advanced into the mainstream discussion, a development once thought inconceivable based on a myriad of economic and national security issues that have left the French people increasingly downtrodden.
Seizing on this grouwing sense of unrest, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President who left office disgraced by a myriad of allegations including fraudulent overspending and accepting money from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has thrown his hat into the ring to be the voice of the oppressed championing the idea of a referendum as a necessary corollary to preserving France’s democratic tradition.
“I believe that we should not be afraid of the people. If they do not believe in the European idea and it does not stand the test of a referendum, then it is not the right path,” said Sarkozy in a TV interview with Le Monde that sent shivers down the spine of the French political elite. – Sputnik News
Besides Sarkozy, other candidates seeking to replace Hollande early next year are also publicly citing a desire to either leave the EU, or force changes to the EU charter and return Democratic powers to individual and sovereign states within the Union.
Deteriorating economic and political conditions across Europe are what led to Britain voting to pull out of the long-standing treaty, and is becoming a clarion call for the people’s of several other nations like Greece, Italy, and now France to do the same. And if another major economy does decide to file their own Article 50 and leave the European Union, the chances of the coalition remaining intact will shrink down to nothingness, with the folding of NATO probably not too far behind.