Poll shows massive French majorityin favour of EU constitution

21st September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - French supporters of the EU's proposed constitution outnumber opponents by more than two to one, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - French supporters of the EU's proposed constitution outnumber opponents by more than two to one, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.  

Asked how they would vote if a referendum on the text were held today, 67 percent of those expressing a preference said they were in favour and 33 percent were opposed. However 59 percent said they would either abstain or cast a blank vote.  

The CSA poll was held days after a leading figure in the opposition Socialist Party (PS), former prime minister Laurent Fabius, called for a no vote in the referendum expected to be held next year. President Jacques Chirac's centre-right government is urging ratification.  

However according to the survey the same proportion of Socialists - 67 percent - would vote yes.  

The constitution has been accepted by all 25 EU member states, but must be formally adopted by them - either by a referendum or a parliamentary vote - before it can come into force.  

France's position is crucial, because while EU officials say the process could survive if one or two smaller countries reject the text, rejection by a major power would lead into uncharted territory.

 

© AFP

 

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