A blogger tilts the French vote on Europe

A French law professor blogged against the European Constitution, and grew into a powerful figure in France.
Stephen Baker

Bloggers played a big part in yesterday's historic French vote rejecting the European constitution. (I picked up this thread from Loic Le Meur, but couldn't find links on it in English) Perhaps the most important, according to the newspaper Liberation was a law professor named Etienne Chouard. His (French-language) site received 25,000 visits per day, and was linked throughout the French blog world. Blogs turned this professor into a national celebrity, one who went head-to-head with the leading French politicians. Now that he's got power and a platform, he's mulling leading a grassroots democratic movement in France.

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