French constitutional referendum, 2000
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A constitutional referendum was held in France on 24 September 2000. The proposals would result in the mandate of the President being reduced from seven years to five years in line with terms in office in other European countries. It was approved by 73.2% of voters, although turnout was just 30.2%.
The aim of the quinquennat (five-year term) was to have the legislative election immediately succeed the presidential election (as in 2007, the presidential election took place in April–May 2007, while the legislative election took place in June), thus providing similar electoral results and reducing the risk of a cohabitation.
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- Proclamation of the results of the referendum of 24 September 2000, Constitutional Council of France, 28 September 2000
- Decree 2000-655 of 12 July 2000, from the President of France, submitting a constitutional amendment to referendum
- French poll sounds alarm to political elite The Guardian, 26 September 2000
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