As the big referendum campaign in France reached its climax this week, two government ministers told a Casino audience in the Riviera resort of Nice whey they should vote for the enlargement of the Common Market on April 23rd.
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ORTOLI: France was anxious in 1958 at the moment when she joined the Common Market alongside Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. I don't see why France, after success in that undertaking, should not be ready to work alongside Great Britain -- a country already well-known to us. I recall that we have, after a few years, progressed very considerably. I recall that today, the national output of France is superior to that of Britain.
MARCELLIN: Let me first of all congratulate you for taking part in this meeting on a vital subject, one that currently preoccupies us and the subject of the referendum on the 23rd of April. I would like to examine this question and I want to try and place this referendum on the expansion of the Common Market in its historic context.
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Background: As the big referendum campaign in France reached its climax this week, two government ministers told a Casino audience in the Riviera resort of Nice whey they should vote for the enlargement of the Common Market on April 23rd.
President Pompidou, who is due to make his final appeal for a vote in favour of the market enlargement today (Friday), is hoping for a massive endorsement of his policies in Europe.
The success of France within the new Europe was the theme taken up by the two members of the government speaking in Nice -- Minister of the Interior Raymond Marcellin and Industrial and Scientific Development Minister Francois-Xavier Ortoli. Our coverage include extracts from both their speeches:
SYNOPSIS: Refusing to gamble on the outcome of Sunday's referendum on the enlargement of the Common Market, French government ministers have been stepping up their campaign for a massive endorsement of their policies. In a Casino at the Riviera resort of Nice, Industrial and Scientific Development Minister Ortoli put the government cases:
Mr. Ortoli recalled the anxieties felt in France when the country first joined the Common Market in 1958. But France had prospered within the community, and M. Ortoli had no doubt she would continue to do so in an enlarged Common Market.
The second speaker was Minister of the Interior Raymond Marcellin. The government campaign for a favourable vote in the referendum was to be concluded by President Pompidou with a nationwide broadcast on Friday. But opinion polls were suggesting that a large number of people might abstain from voting.