French Senate rejects anti-Turkey bill

The amendment, which was previously adopted at the French parliament, stated that "the requirement of referendum should continue for the full membership of countries whose population exceeds 5 percent of the EU's total population".

French Senate rejects anti-Turkey bill
The French Senate rejected Monday a constitutional amendment envisaging a direct referendum in France to vote on Turkey's EU membership.

The amendment, which was previously adopted at the French parliament, stated that "the requirement of referendum should continue for the full membership of countries whose population exceeds 5 percent of the EU's total population".

Upon the senate's rejection, the constitutional amendment package will be sent back to parliament.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the French senate said last week that the amendment adopted at the parliament might leave the impression that France had directly targeted its friendly and allied country, Turkey.

Such an implementation might severely harm the diplomatic relations between Turkey and France, the statement also said.

The discussion on the constitutional amendment package will be concluded at a session next month which will bring together the members of the French parliament and the senate. In order for the amendment to be adopted, three-fifths of the members should vote in favor of it.

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