Heading for every French home a copy of the EU constitution, an explanatory leaflet and two ballot papers, one for “yes” and one for “no”. The latest polls suggest 52 two per cent of those who are going to vote will post back the “no” ballot.
It has been a complex exercise according to Paul Masseron, director of France’s elections department. “The logistics operation consists of sending to 42 million voters a personal mail of 283 grams, between April 18th and May 14th, in order for the voters to read the documents on time and take a decision knowing what it’s all about” The French government is hoping that in the two weeks before polling voters will be persuaded to vote yes. There’s been a mini-boom in sales of books explaining the constitution. But for the vast majority of the population the content of the treaty remains vague or unknown. The education will cost France’s taxpayers a 125 million euros. Many in France are worried that closer integration will cost them jobs and that EU farming regulations will destroy a way of life in the countryside. If the treaty is rejected is could be a fatal blow to Europe’s struggle to craft a more politically and economically integrated club.