2000 French constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in France on 24 September 2000.[1] The proposal to reduce the mandate of the President from seven years to five years was approved by 73.2% of those who voted, but turnout was just 30.2%.[2]

2000 French constitutional referendum

24 September 2000 (2000-09-24)

Reduce the term of the President from seven years to five years.
Results
Choice
Votes %
Yes 7,407,697 73.21%
No 2,710,651 26.79%
Valid votes 10,118,348 83.91%
Invalid or blank votes 1,940,340 16.09%
Total votes 12,058,688 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 39,941,192 30.19%

Référendum 2000 - Résultats par département.svg
Results by department

BackgroundEdit

The idea of a five-year term was discussed during the French parliamentary session of 1848, but rejected in favor of a four-year term. A seven-year term was adopted in 1873 for what became the Third Republic. In 2000, Jacques Chirac led the campaign for the referendum reducing the President's term from seven to five years. After he was re-elected in 2002, his term ended in 2007 rather than 2009. The aim of the quinquennat (five-year term) was for the legislative elections to follow the presidential election (as the presidential election took place in April–May 2007, while the legislative election took place in June), providing similar electoral results and reducing the risk of cohabitation.

ResultsEdit

Choice Metropolitan France Total
Votes % Votes %
For 7,372,976 73.2 7,407,697 73.2
Against 2,703,657 26.8 2,710,651 26.8
Invalid/blank votes 1,939,282 1,940,340
Total 12,015,915 100 12,058,688 100
Registered voters/turnout 39,631,063 30.3 39,941,192 30.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p674 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p687

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