May 26, 2005


Constitution foes fear for France's soul

By Tom Hundley
Tribune foreign correspondent
Thu May 26, 9:40 AM ET

Such are the depths of Francois Vincent's disdain for the new European constitution that he recently uttered words that have not passed the lips of many Frenchmen.

"I would rather be an American than a European," said Vincent, 63, who owns a vegetable stall in one of Paris' open-air markets. "At least Americans love their country." [...]

Well, maybe the reporter has just been listening to the wrong Frenchmen. But not to worry--he did later find someone to provide the necessary and required contradiction.

For what it's worth, I'd rather M. Vincent were an American instead of a European, too.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 26, 2005 03:39 PM

Maybe we can trade him for someone who would buy this t-shirt.

Posted by: Jordana at May 26, 2005 04:33 PM

That'd be a pretty good deal, because one of him is worth a thousand of the other.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 26, 2005 04:46 PM