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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Paris on 26 May for a special edition just before the French referendum on the EU constitution.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by UMP Vice President Hervé Mariton, Jacques Myard of the UMP coalition, former Europe Minister Denis MacShane MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary Liam Fox MP, Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas, and pro-European comedian Eddie Izzard.

Hervé Mariton

Title: Vice President, UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire)

Career: UMP deputy Hervé Mariton is pro-European and a strong campaigner for the "yes" camp.

A member of the finance committee in the French parliament, he also served on a French parliamentary committee recommending the banning of headscarves in schools.

Hervé Mariton has also been the Mayor of Crest since June 1995.

Jacques Myard

Title: UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire)

Career: Jacques Myard is a member of the ruling conservative UMP coalition in the national assembly.

He is also a member of the French Foreign Affairs Committee and is strongly opposed to the proposed EU constitution. He claims: "With this constitution, democracy in Europe will be dead."

He was first elected Mayor of Maisons-Laffitte in 1989.

Denis MacShane

Title: UK Europe Minister 2002-2005

Career: Denis MacShane has accused UK Prime Minister Tony Blair of not doing enough to promote the EU constitution.

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He claims that in the event of a French "non" in the referendum on Sunday the proposed treaty will be dead, and there is likely to be no referendum in Britain.

He has been a backbencher since the recent general election.

Liam Fox MP

Title: Shadow Foreign Affairs Spokesman

Career: Liam Fox was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary for the Conservative party following the UK general election.

He has called on the British Government to set a date for the referendum on the proposed EU constitution.

He said: "The new constitution would undermine individual member states' ability to determine their own policies in key areas."

Caroline Lucas MEP

Title: Principal Speaker, Green Party

Career: Caroline Lucas was elected as one of the Green Party's first British MEPs in June 1999.

She represents the South East region of Britain in the European Parliament.

The UK Green Party has declared it will actively campaign against the European constitution saying it is "flawed" and represents a missed opportunity to reconnect the peoples of Europe with the EU.  

Eddie Izzard

Title: Comedian

Career: Eddie is an established British stand-up comedian. He is fluent in French and performs his gigs in both England and France.

Mr Izzard is a chief campaigner for the pro-European group Britain in Europe.

In July 2003 he was made an honorary Doctor by the University of East Anglia for "pro-Europe campaigning".

BBC One's Question Time is broadcast on Thursdays at 2235 BST.


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