France's Le Pen urges voters to reject EU Constitution

[JURIST] France's far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen [Wikipedia profile], who surprised observers with his strong performance in the 2002 French presidential election, has called for voters to reject the proposed European Constitution [PDF, text of draft treaty] in a May 29th referendum. Le Pen has called the document "an instrument of destruction of nations," arguing that it creates a super-state at the detriment of national identities. French President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and the opposition party have urged voters to approve the charter. March public opinion polls [BBC report] indicateed that the French are leaning towards rejecting it. The document has already been approved by Spain, Slovenia, Lithuania, Hungary and Italy and unanimous approval is needed among all 25 EU member states. AP has more.



 

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