Monsieur Francois Mitterrand, the French Socialist Party leader who returned to Paris the previous day from the Soviet Union, was among the vast crowd that attended the funeral of Jacques Duclos, the veteran Communist.
MV PAN Coffin being placed in hearse
CU Photographs of Duclos ZOOM OUT TO Crowds lining streets (2 shots)
SV PAN Widow in car as procession leaves and crowds look on (4 shots)
GV AND TRAVEL SHOTS Procession through crowd-lined streets (4 shots)
GV People looking on from windows TO procession and people carrying wreaths and photos of Duclos (3 shots)
GV TILT DOWN Cemetery entrance TO procession arriving and band in procession with flags (4 shots)
CU Hammer and Sickle on flagpole
SV Coffin laid down as crowd look on (2 shots)
GV Mourners gathered, wreaths on coffin and photograph in background
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Background: Monsieur Francois Mitterrand, the French Socialist Party leader who returned to Paris the previous day from the Soviet Union, was among the vast crowd that attended the funeral of Jacques Duclos, the veteran Communist.
Monsieur Duclos died on Friday (25 April) aged 78 and his funeral took place in Paris on Tuesday (29 April).
The Communists turned the occasion at the Pere Lachaise cemetery into a peaceful working class demonstration and the socialist Party leadership decided to join in.
Several leading Communists delivered funeral orations -- among them Monsieur Georges Marchais, the Secretary-General of the French Communist Party.
Monsieur Duclos was one of the longest-surviving members of the French Communist Party, having joined at its formation in 1920.
After a lifetime of political activity, he gained considerable fame at the end of his career when he polled a fifth of the vote in the first round of the 1969 Presidential elections following the departure of President de Gaulle.
He leaves a widow, Giberte Duclos, whom he married in 1937. She is also a Communist.