French anti-treaty camp demand 'respect'

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - Several thousand left-wing protesters marched through Paris on Thursday calling on European Union leaders gathered in Brussels to respect their country's vote against the EU constitution treaty, and withdraw the document.

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - Several thousand left-wing protesters marched through Paris on Thursday calling on European Union leaders gathered in Brussels to respect their country's vote against the EU constitution treaty, and withdraw the document.  

The march featured leaders of the French Communist Party, the "no" faction in the Socialist Party, plus members of Trotskyite and anti-globalisation groups.  

The march, which police estimated at some 4,000 people, was headed by a large banner proclaiming: "For a social and democratic Europe, respect the peoples' vote."  

The demonstration came as EU leaders were meeting in Brussels to discuss the situation created by the "no" vote in France, and a similar result in a referendum held in The Netherlands.  

Fifty-five percent of French voters rejected the constitution treaty in a hotly-contended referendum on May 29.  

Many cited free-market provisions built into the document that would threaten France's tradition of a strong state sector with good health, education and transport services plus well-funded pensions.

© AFP

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