- Title: FRANCE: SPANISH PM URGES FRENCH SOCIALISTS TO VOTE YES IN EU REFERENDUM.
- Date: 28th May 2005
- Summary: (BN17) LILLES, FRANCE (MAY 27, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. LV/CU/GV: CHORUS SINGING ON STAGE WITH FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY BANNER PROCLAIMING "VOTE YES"; CROWD WAVING EUROPEAN NATIONAL FLAGS; CLOSE UP OF SINGERS ON STAGE (3 SHOTS) 0.17 2. GV/CU/MV: SPANISH PRIME MINISTER JOSE LUIS ZAPATERO ARRIVES TO APPLAUSE IN CROWDED HALL; MAN WAVING FRENCH FLAG; ZAPATERO AND FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY LEADER FRANCOIS HOLLANDE WALK ONTO STAGE CLAPPING AND WAVING (3 SHOTS) 0.41 3. GV: FRENCH SOCIALISTS WEARING "OUI" T SHIRTS CLAPPING 0.45 4. LV: FRANCOIS HOLLANDE ONSTAGE 0.50 5. SOUNDBITE (French) LEADER FRANCOIS HOLLANDE SAYING: "Sunday, each voter from the left goes into the voting place with two voting slips. The voting slip that says yes and the voting slip that says no. Choose the yes slip for Europe. And choose the yes slip for the European constitution. But keep the voting slip that says no in your pockets. But use the no slip to say no in 2007 to the right, to Jacques Chirac and the politics that have been driving for a long time. The no slip is for the right in 2007." 1.36 6. MV: AUDIENCE APPLAUDING 1.40 7. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) SPANISH PRIME MINISTER JOSE LUIS ZAPATERO SAYING: "The Europe that the Spaniards used to see with hope and for the Europe we are betting on now, Europe needs France. And Europe needs France at its head." 1.58 8. MV: WOMAN WEARING "OUI" HAT APPLAUDING 2.04 9. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) ZAPATERO SAYING: "The Spaniards want France to vote yes. Europeans wants France to vote yes." 2.19 10. CU/GV: EUROPEAN NATIONAL FLAGS WAVING IN AUDITORIUM (2 SHOTS) 2.27 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: LILLE, FRANCE
- Country: France
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- Story Text: Spanish Prime minister Jose Zapatero rouses french
socialists to vote yes in france's referendum on EU.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero addressed
an auditorium full of French Socialist Party members on
Friday (May 27) in the northern city of Lille. The "Oui"
rally was held on the final day of campaigning before
Sunday's national referendum on the European constitution.
"The Spaniards want France to vote yes. Europeans wants
France to vote yes", said Zapatero.
France appears to be heading towards a looming electoral
earthquake as polls showed voters were set to reject the
European Union's constitution and open the door to a
period of political uncertainty.
A majority of French voters are set to oppose the
European Union's constitution but the "Yes" camp has
narrowed the gap at the last minute, a new opinion poll
showed on Friday. The survey by polling group CSA for La
Tribune de Geneve newspaper put opposition to the
constitution at 52 percent of voters who have decided how
to vote in Sunday's referendum. About 20 percent of voters
are are still undecided.
Supporters of the constitution say a rejection by
France could kill the charter, cause a crisis of confidence
in the EU, delay EU integration and unsettle financial
Opponents to the treaty say it could be re-negotiated
and improved, and a rejection would send a signal to EU
leaders that they are out of touch with ordinary people.
Many French people regret what they see as a decline in
French influence in the EU.
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