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Campaigning intensifies in France ahead of EU constitution vote

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Campaigning intensifies in France ahead of EU constitution vote

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French foreign minister Michel Barnier has been campaigning on the streets of Paris five days ahead of a crucial referendum on the EU constitution. The French go to the polls on Sunday to vote on the treaty – as the “No” camp continues to gain ground in opinion polls.

“I’m quite confident in the ability of the people to understand that this text is important,” said Barnier, “that it is essential to improve the way Europe functions, to make Europe more socially fair and more democratic.” Most opinion polls show the “No” side in the lead.

Three quarters of those questioned say they have made up their minds, the rest say they could still be swayed.

It remains to be seen whether the last-minute campaigning will win over the undecided voters who could determine the fate of the charter. It needs the backing of all 25 EU members states to come into force.