French European Communities enlargement referendum, 1972

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A referendum on the enlargement of the EC was held in France on 23 April 1972.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom joining the EC.[2] (Norway later voted in its own referendum not to join). The proposals were approved by 68.3% of voters, with a turnout of 60.2%.[2]

The referendum asked: "Do you agree with the new opportunities opening up in Europe, the draft law submitted to the French people by the President of the Republic, and authorising the ratification of the Treaty concerning the accession of United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland and Norway to the European Communities?"

This was the first referendum to be held in any country relating to a issue regarding the European Communities.


Choice Metropolitan France Total
Votes % Votes %
For 10,502,756 67.7 10,847,554 68.3
Against 5,008,469 32.3 5,030,934 31.7
Invalid/blank votes 2,070,615 2,086,119
Total 17,581,840 100 17,964,607 100
Registered voters 29,071,070 29,820,464
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p674 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p686