Radical party leader Jean Jacques Servan-Schreiber conceded defeat in the Bordeaux Parliamentary by-election today(Sunday) as French Prime-Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas headed towards an overwhelming victory.
Radical party leader Jean Jacques Servan-Schreiber conceded defeat in the Bordeaux Parliamentary by-election today(Sunday) as French Prime-Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas headed towards an overwhelming victory. With only a few votes to be counted the French Prime Minister was estimated to have received about 63 percent of the poll and M. Servan-Schreiber about 16 percent.
The vote for M. Chaban-Delmas was the highest he has ever received in 25 years as candidate for Bordeaux. His victory seems to have dealt a heavy blow to M. Servan-Schreiber's attempts to form a new national radical political party. M. Servan-Schreiber said after conceding defeat that he would hand in his resignation as Secretary-General of the Radical Party. He is expected to keep his place as deputy for Nancy.
The heavy vote of confidence for the French Prime Minister, who said he would resign if defeated, follows a tense and incident-full election in Bordeaux.
M. Servan-Schreiber, a former journalist and publisher of the weekly news magazine L'Express, only entered as a candidate minutes before the election register closed.
The by-election was caused by the death of M. Chaban-Delmas's parliamentary substitute but the entry of M. Servan-Schreiber into the race raised the election into a national issue. The campaign was marked by vigorous personal campaigning by M. Servan-Schreiber who drew large crowds at election meetings and called on the Bordeaux electorate to show their dis-approval of the French Government by voting against the Prime Minister.
His opponent's style of campaigning was called "a circus in the worst possible taste" by the French Prime Minister who is also Mayor of Bordeaux and concentrated on local issues in his approach to the electorate. There were eight other candidates in the election but none of them polled more than 10 percent of the votes.
The Prime Minister said after the result was known that his victory represented a condemnation of "the reprehensible methods used in his campaign by another candidate." He added that the result was a step forward both for Bordeaux and France.
SYNOPSIS: With only a few votes to be counted on Sunday night, the Prime Minister of France, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, had won an overwhelming victory in the Bordeaux Parliamentary by-election.
The Prime Minister polled about 63 percent of the votes, and his chief opponent, Radical party leader Jean Jacques Servan-Schreiber, already deputy for Nancy, received 16 percent.
There were eight other candidates in the election but none of them polled more than 10 percent of the votes.
The heavy vote of confidence for the French Prime Minister, who said he would resign if defeated, follows a tense and incident full election in Bordeaux. The by-election was caused by the death of M. Chaban-Delmas' Parliamentary substitute M. Servan-Schreiber only entered as a candidate minutes before the electoral register closed. The decision of the former journalist and published of the news magazine L'Express to run in the election raised the campaign into a national issue. M. Servan-Schreiber called the electorate to vote against the French Prime Minister to show dis-approval of the Government. M. Chaban Delmas, who is also mayor of Bordeaux, asked the voters to poll on local issues.
M. Servan-Schreiber's last day of election speeches was in the style of his whole campaign. He spoke to mass meetings and went to the voters in a vigorous personal campaign. A campaign condemned by the Prime Minister as "a circus in the worst possible taste." M. Servan-Schreiber said in conceding defeat he would resign as leader of the Radical Party.
The Prime Minister's vote is the highest the has received in 25 years as Bordeaux deputy. Right up to his last campaign meeting on Saturday, seen here, opinion polls had predicted the Prime Minister would win. He said after the result that the victory was as step forward both for Bordeaux and France.