French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said Ireland will have to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Mr Sarkozy made the remarks to deputies at a meeting in his office earlier today.

UMP party deputies reported that Mr Sarkozy said 'The Irish will have to vote again' after the Treaty was rejected last month.

President Sarkozy is due to travel to Ireland on 21 July to discuss the reasons for the No vote and seek solutions to it.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said President Sarkozy is coming to Ireland to 'listen', and not to impose any solutions.

Mr Martin also stressed that Ireland would make its own decision in due course, and it was far too early to say what that would be.