Mr. Georges Pompidou today (Wednesday) officially announced to the press that he would be a?
Mr. Georges Pompidou today (Wednesday) officially announced to the press that he would be a candidate in the forthcoming French Presidential elections caused by the resignation on Sunday of General de Gaulle. The only other person to have states his intention to stand is the Socialist mayor of Marseilles, Gaston Defferre.
Mr. Pompidou first announced his intention to stand yesterday (Tuesday) shortly before his candidacy was examined and approved by the political bureau of the Gaullist parliamentary group. Today's statement was a formal declaration to the press, which he only made once he had received the support of the Gaullist party. Mr. Pompidou was also backed today by the Republicans Independents of Mr. Giscard d'Estaing despite the fact that many of them followed their leader in recommending voters not to vote 'yes' in Sunday's referendum.
The text of Mr. Pompidou's prepared statement is translated below: