France Takes Hard Line With U.K. Pointing to Vote’s Consequences

The French government took a hard line in its initial reaction to the U.K. referendum result, emphasizing that their ally and neighbor can’t retain the advantages of European Union membership while opting to leave.

“To leave has consequences,” cabinet minister and government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on France 2 television. “Leaving means leaving.”

The remarks are the first from the French government since the results of the U.K. referendum. President Francois Hollande is currently meeting with key cabinet ministers to discuss the situation.

“It is easier to break things than to build them,” Le Foll said. “The president will make proposals to build.”

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