The general election campaign in France officially moved to radio and television on Monday (27 February) amid predictions of a clear majority for the Left.
The general election campaign in France officially moved to radio and television on Monday (27 February) amid predictions of a clear majority for the Left. The latest computerised opinion polls give more than 50 percent of votes to the Socialists, Communists and the Radicals, who oppose the ruling coalition of the Gaullist and Republicans.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (26 February) Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand campaigned in this district of southeast Paris, a mixture of working and middle class residents.
The reception Monsieur Mitterrand received from local voters was more tolerant than one he received three days before in another part of the capital. On that occasion, he was pelted with eggs and tomatoes by 20 right-wing extremists, and there were skirmishes.
Monsieur Mitterrand's party is the largest in the Left-wing group. He has turned down an appeal by the Communist Party to get together and reach agreement with them before the first round of voting takes place on 12 March.
A major election theme is a Left-wing promise of an immediate rise in France's minimum wage. The Communists and Socialists have said the bottom wage limit should be raised, in April, from the equivalent of 365 dollars a month to 500 dollars. Almost five percent of France's workforce get the minimum wage.