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    With barely four weeks to go to general elections, France's Gaullist Party opened its campaign with a giant rally in Paris on Saturday (11 February).

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    With barely four weeks to go to general elections, France's Gaullist Party opened its campaign with a giant rally in Paris on Saturday (11 February).

    SYNOPSIS: The rally was held at the Porte de Pantin, the old Paris Meat Market. The meeting lasted all day. It was designed to show the Gaullists could still mobilise huge support.

    The rally was climaxed with an address by Gaullist leader, Jacques Chirac, a former Prime Minister. He attacked the Socialists and Communists painting a grim picture of economic and social disaster if the left took power. He said the Communists were known and were fought. They called themselves Marxists and collectivists and they were. Mr Chirac said he supposed they wanted to catch the votes of displeased people-but a Frenchman who voted for the Communist Party knew what the results would be.

    The Gaullists have been in Government without interruption now for 20 years but opinion polls are reported to place them behind the left-wing opposition in popularity. The Gaullists and their Coalition Government partners need all the support they can get.

    The crowd was estimated to have exceeded one hundred thousand. The party had laid on special transport to bring them to the rally even from the furthest Provinces.

    Some political analysts are reported to still believe Mr Chirac whose party is still the biggest in the National Assembly at present is expecting a left wing victory next month. They theorise he is banking on a left-wing Government provoking a crisis that could sweep him back into power-preferably as President. However the crowd was told the Gaullists would win.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2SFUJCK3M97UI5X3DBFVAR0PS
    Media URN:
    VLVA2SFUJCK3M97UI5X3DBFVAR0PS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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