Saturday, May 28, 2005

Chirac counts on jungle tribes to swing EU vote

Hat tip to Kledo:

Chirac counts on jungle tribes to swing EU vote

Britain has the Pitcairn islands and the Dutch have West Indian Curaçao, but these cannot compete with the impressive French portfolio of dominions around the globe from the Pacific to the Amazon jungle. Their 1.4m voters could swing the result in the closely fought May 29 French referendum on the European Union’s constitution and determine the future of Europe. The Wayampi do not know him but excitement was building last week at the prospect of playing their part in the politics of the palan isi lena, or the “land of the white man”, as Europe is known. Many speak only rudimentary French and have little understanding of qualified majority voting, but an election is always a welcome occasion for a gathering in this alligator-infested corner of French Guiana in South America. But how free and fair an election will they hold in the Amazon? Or, for that matter, in the Wallis and Futuna islands in the Pacific, where three kings rule by fiat? So narrow was the victory of the “yes” camp in the 1992 referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, which paved the way for the euro, that it prompted unsubstantiated rumours of skulduggery in the overseas territories. Suspicions arose partly because the “yes” vote there averaged 70%, far higher than in France.


At May 29, 2005 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"EU Referendum in Frankreich - Es kann eine Überraschung geben" is an article in Spiegel online edition.

I could translate the second sentence from Spiegel's title like "There can be a surprise". This article contains allusions at "swing in the last moment" in French vote. Well, maybe those tribes in French Guyana have been bribed sufficiently.

At May 30, 2005 2:00 AM, Blogger GayLikeAFox said...

Nope. The French voted No!


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