French Socialists say ‘yes’ to the Constitution

After an internal party referendum, France’s Socialists have agreed to back the EU Constitution. Approximately 80% of party members voted in the referendum, with 55% of them voting for the party to support the Constitution in the national referendum planned for next year. It also strengthens the position of party leader Francois Hollande, boosting his chances of being the party’s nominee for President in 2007.

5 thoughts on “French Socialists say ‘yes’ to the Constitution

  1. Hello,

    I am one of this french socialists who voted yes and i am happy of this result which show that the partu is still into the european way.

    I’d like to correct the result:The particpation is approximatly 70% and the socialist said yes at 59%

  2. Is it possible to be pro-EU and simultaneously strongly against the bullshit that is called “Draft Constitution for Europe”? Yes, it is possible. I support EU, as long as it is not a superstate.

    IMO, when Europe creates a federalized superpower, it will go bankrupt soon thereafter. All imperial superpowers eventually imploded. The EU will not be an exception.

  3. Machiavelli observed that all 3 forms of governments known to him are liable to failure/collapse, eventually. He couldn’t come up with a single counter-example.

    Five hundred years later, neither can I.

  4. I’d like to correct the result:The particpation is approximatly 70% and the socialist said yes at 59%

    Wasn’t the authority of the party leader also at stake? How clear is the vote under these circumstances?

  5. While I agree with French Socialist nay-sayers that the Constitution doesn’t go far enough (in establishing the federal super-state Pavel doesn’t like), I think improvements must come in steps, so I am happy the “Yes” side won.

    Pavel, why do you equate ‘superstate’ with ‘superpower’? (While I support the former, I don’t support the latter – neither as military superpower or economic superpower with imperialist policies.)

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