Richard North, 29/05/2005  

According to a Brussels source, private exit polling is suggesting that the result is too close to call, with a number or regions giving a small "yes" and others a more substantial "no" – up to ten percent.

From our Swedish correspondent, it appears that Swedish TV news, in the least hour, broadcast details of three exit polls which gave show 52, 50.8 and 49.6 for the "no" campaign – i.e., one poll showed a slim win for "yes".

That, however, was from one of the overseas Departement: Guyana. Some of the Wayampi must have read the constitution before they used it for wrapping tapir meat and lighting fires – or perhaps not.

The final turnout looks to be large - somewhere between 70 and 80 percent - with the interior ministry reporting 66.24 percent by 7 pm (Paris time). Nevertheless, at this stage, the result is still anybody's guess. Chirac's vote factories must be working overtime.

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