French 'want to renegotiate EU constitution'

7th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 7 (AFP) - A clear majority of French citizens want the EU constitution renegotiated, and around three-fourths believe France could achieve major changes in the text, according to an opinion poll to be released Wednesday.

PARIS, June 7 (AFP) - A clear majority of French citizens want the EU constitution renegotiated, and around three-fourths believe France could achieve major changes in the text, according to an opinion poll to be released Wednesday.  

Both France and the Netherlands voted in referendums to reject the constitution, dealing a double body blow to the treaty aimed at streamlining decision-making in the expanded European Union.  

The poll by the CSA Institute showed that 61 percent of French voters said it should now be renegotiated, while only 35 percent said nothing more should be done with it.  

A total of 74 percent believe that France could achieve some "significant and positive changes" in the text, according to the poll of 1,000 people taken June 6 and 7.  

It said around two-thirds of French people are also opposed to Turkey eventually joining the EU, against just 28 percent who approved.  

In the May 29 referendum almost 55 percent of French people rejected the treaty.  

Britain on Monday shelved plans for its own referendum on the EU constitution, driving a further stake into the heart of the stricken treaty.

© AFP

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