Well I’ve been reading about the Germans, the Italians, now apparently it is the turn of the French to feel naustalgic:
“Three out of five French people miss their old currency, replaced by the euro in 2002, a survey for Valeurs Actuelles magazine showed on Wednesday. In February 2002 that figure was just 39 percent.
While the rising tide of nostalgia seemed to chime with French voters’ rejection last month of theEuropean Union constitution, a breakdown showed longing for the franc was widespread even among those who support the EU project.”
I like that bit, “longing was widespread even among those who support the EU project”. This highlights the fact that it is perfectly consistent to feel pro EU and yet not want the common currency. Out of the wardrobe everyone.
Update: The Financial Times this morning also mentions the emergence of Philippe de Villiers, the leader of the nationalist Movement for France, as the champion of a referendum in France on continued use of the euro. According to the FT de Villiers, who is a leading anti-constitution campaigner, said a debate about Europe’s single currency was already under way in Germany, the Netherlands and Italy but had not properly started in France. ?Everybody notes today that the adoption of the euro was a technical success but its economic, political, and human toll is incontestable,?. Now much of the recent ‘ referendum euro’ talk comes from those who would predictably say what they are saying. They are normally not people with any special knowledge of the economics behind it, and I think no great significance should be attached, except the fact that these kind of comments are becoming commonplace, where they weren’t before. My guess is that debate about the euro will increase with time.