• Short Summary

    GAULLISTS SUFFERED A MAJOR SET-BACK AT THE END OF THE FRENCH GENERAL ELECTIONS TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN IT SEEMED CERTAIN THAT THEY WOULD LOSE THEIR ABSOLUTE MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT.

  • Description

    GAULLISTS SUFFERED A MAJOR SET-BACK AT THE END OF THE FRENCH GENERAL ELECTIONS TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN IT SEEMED CERTAIN THAT THEY WOULD LOSE THEIR ABSOLUTE MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT. IN A DAY OF REVERSES DURING TODAY'S SECOND ROUND OF VOTING, TWO GAULLIST MINISTERS - FOREIGN MINISTER MAURICE COUVE DE MURVILLE AND DEFENCE MINISTER PIERRE MESSMER - FAILED TO WIN THEIR SEATS.

    TODAY SAW THE EVAPORATION OF THE MAJORITY WHICH GAULLISTS HELD IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. THE LOSS OF THE OVERALL MAJORITY LEAVES PRESIDENT DE GAULLE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING TO SEEK SUPPORT FROM CENTRE DEMOCRATS, LED BY M. JEAN LECANUET.

    HOWEVER, WITH THE LAST SEATS STILL UNDECLARED, PRIME MINISTER GEORGE POMPIDOU DECLARED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FIFTH REPUBLIC WAS NOT IN ANY SERIOUS DANGER IN THE NEW ASSEMBLY.

    GAULLISTS SUFFERED HEAVY DEFEAT IN PARIS ITSELF. OF THE CAPITAL'S CONSTITUENCIES, GAULLISTS RETAINED ONLY 21 AND LOST 10. HERE, COMMUNISTS MADE SPECTACULAR GAINS, WINNING SEVEN OF THE SEATS.

    BUT FORMER FRENCH MINISTER JACQUES SOUSTELLE WHO STOOD FOR ELECTION BY PROXY - DESPITE BEING WANTED IN FRANCE FOR PLOTTING AGAINST THE STATE - FAILED TO WIN IN THE LYONS CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH HE STOOD.

    EARLY RESULTS DECLARED TODAY FAVOURED THE GAULLISTS, BUT AS MORE SEATS WERE DECLARED TONIGHT, EVENTS SWUNG AGAINST THEM. ANOTHER MINISTER WHO FAILED TO WIN ELECTION WAS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, M. JEAN CHARBONNEL.

    BY MIDNIGHT, WITH 49 OFFICIAL RESULTS STILL UNDECLARED, GAULLISTS NEEDED 31 SEATS TO ESTABLISHED AN OVERALL MAJORITY. BUT ELECTION EXPERTS SAID THAT THIS WOULD NOT NOW BE POSSIBLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA47KF44VIHZYEFOKAUGW3MGNUI
    Media URN:
    VLVA47KF44VIHZYEFOKAUGW3MGNUI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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