'Oui' camp rises to 52 pct says Le Monde poll

13th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 13 (AFP) - With just over two weeks to go before the French cast their ballots on the EU constitution, 52 percent of decided voters say they will back the treaty, according to an opinion poll released Friday.

PARIS, May 13 (AFP) - With just over two weeks to go before the French cast their ballots on the EU constitution, 52 percent of decided voters say they will back the treaty, according to an opinion poll released Friday.  

The TNS-Sofres/Unilog poll for Le Monde newspaper and French news channel LCI indicated that 27 percent of those surveyed have still not made up their minds.  

The poll was the third in a row carried out by the institute to show supporters of the EU constitution in front, ahead of a May 29 referendum on the treaty that has divided the country.  

On the political left, Socialist voters are evenly split on the issue, with 50 percent supporting each side. On the right, 81 percent of those in President Jacques Chirac's ruling Union for a Popular Movement say they will vote yes.  

Chirac has staked his prestige on a "yes" vote to the constitution, which is aimed at simplifying decision-making in the expanded European Union.  

All 25 EU member states must approve the constitutional treaty for it to come into effect. If such a heavyweight EU member as France were to reject the constitution, many observers believe the treaty would be stopped in its tracks.  

So far, six countries have ratified the treaty - Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
 

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