French Socialist party leader Francois Mitterand visited Tours on Tuesday (4 May) to try to boost his candidate Paul Lussault's hopes in the important by-election on Sunday (2 May).
GV building in Tours (2 shots)
GV Election posters in streets
CU Election posters showing candidates (6 shots)
CU Election posters of Mitterand (left) and Lussault (right) (3 shots)
Mitterand meets people in street and walking with Lussault. (2 shots)
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Background: French Socialist party leader Francois Mitterand visited Tours on Tuesday (4 May) to try to boost his candidate Paul Lussault's hopes in the important by-election on Sunday (2 May).
M. Mitterand was the last in a series of top politicians to have visited the town. It caused the sitting Gaullist Deputy M. Jean Royer for the area to remark, "The problem is not who comes down from Paris to Tours but who the town of Tours decides to send to Paris".
M. Royer has eight candidates standing against him but as the sole Gaullist (UDR) and allied Independent Republican (RI) candidate he is supremely confident. He has also been Mayor of the town for 17 years and on the last election in 1973 he took the constituency on the first vote with 51.2 per cent -- in France a second vote is only necessary if no candidate is able to get more than 50 per cent on the first vote.
The Communists defeated the Socialists by just 700 votes last time but there has been an upturn in the Socialist party's fortunes recently and if M. Royer is unable to get 50 per cent of the vote and these minority left wing parties drop out, Lussault could win for the Socialists.