French text gaffe reduces EU charter to pulp

7th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 7 (AFP) - More than 160,000 copies of the EU constitution which were to be distributed in town halls and libraries around France have been pulped because the words "incoherent text" were mysteriously added to one of the articles, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

PARIS, April 7 (AFP) - More than 160,000 copies of the EU constitution which were to be distributed in town halls and libraries around France have been pulped because the words "incoherent text" were mysteriously added to one of the articles, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Proof-readers of the 232-page document failed to spot that the phrase had been added in print to Article 1-33 which concerns law-making in the EU.

The author is unknown.

"It was a note at the bottom of the page which was invisible on the screen when the text was being put on computer," said an official at the state publisher Documentation Francaise.

After the mistake was spotted, 162,000 copies were recalled and pulped and a new version was printed.

French voters will decide whether to back the constitution at a referendum on May 29. Opinion polls show that the no campaign has taken a clear lead in the last three weeks.

© AFP

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