• Short Summary

    President Georges Pompidou announced in Paris today (Thursday), that a referendum would be held in France to ratify the treaties of adhesion to the Common Marked by Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway.

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    President Georges Pompidou announced in Paris today (Thursday), that a referendum would be held in France to ratify the treaties of adhesion to the Common Marked by Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway.

    He told a press conference that it was not just a question of enlargement, but that it was a question of Europe's future - both internally and externally - and that it was his fundamentally democratic duty "to ask the French people to make their choice directly on this policy in favour of Europe."
    The referendum - the first such since the 1969 vote which led to General De Gaulle's resignation - is reported to have come as a complete surprise to European Community (EEC) circles in Paris and elsewhere, and there is considerable debate over the reasoning behind the decision. One possible reason - according to EEC sources - is that the referendum will also be a test of President Pompidou's popularity at a time when domestic opposition is very active.

    SYNOPSIS: Speaking at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday, President Pompidou surprised not only the pressmen present but Common Market exports as well, when he announced that he would be asking the people of France to ratify the applications of Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway for membership in the European Economic Community.

    Said the President"

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEHJMU34VGU9OB35XUSO1Z4TSD
    Media URN:
    VLVAEHJMU34VGU9OB35XUSO1Z4TSD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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