En daarmee bedoel ik niet zijn TV optreden van gisteren. In Zuid-Amerika wonen namelijk ook veel Fransen, zoals de Wayampi indianen.
Uit het artikel van Times Online:
Their 1.4 m. 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
Copies of the constitution, shipped at considerable expense on Air France from Paris, and then by helicopter and canoe up the river from Cayenne, the distant capital, will come in handy for wrapping tapir meat and lighting fires.
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 — 540,000 votes — in the 1992 referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, which paved the way for the euro, that it prompted unsubstantiated rumours of skulduggery in the “Dom Toms”, as the overseas “departments” and “territories” are known. Suspicions arose partly because the “yes” vote there averaged 70%, far higher than in France.
This time it could be just as close. According to the latest opinion poll, to be published tomorrow, 53% of France will vote “no” and 47% “yes”. In regions such as French Polynesia, where irregularities caused an election to be suspended last year, there is every reason to wonder if desperation might drive either side to cheat.
vrijdag 27 mei 2005 :: 10.00 uur