'I don't want an isolated France and a divided Europe,' said Mr Chirac, whose party, the right-wing Rally for the Republic (RPR), has been split within its own ranks and is at odds with opposition allies over ratification. A nationalist wing of the RPR is against ratification. Two party members have launched a campaign for a 'no' vote.
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PARIS (Reuter) - The French conservative leader Jacques Chirac said on Saturday that he would vote 'yes' in September's referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, but would not impose this view on his party.