French Presidential candidate, Finance Minister Valery Giscord D'Estaing, entered the final week of his campaign on Saturday (11 May), with a speech on the role of women in France.
MV PAN Supporters clapping and singing. (2 shots)
SV Giscard speaking (French)
"The place of the French women has been deeply appreciated. At the Roment of choosing a new President, the French people, both men and women, must discover what there sources of inspiration are. I must tell you, as I speak of the role of women and the family, that I feel humility and respect, as does every public man when he speaks of private lives and social customs. In this field, the behaviour of each man and woman is as important as that of public cervants, and that is the way it has to be. The state, however, has a responsibility to society because is changes society's direction, at the same time respecting society's values. And that's the duty of the Presidential candidate -- to tell you his feelings on that subject.
"For centuries, ???en and women have been confirmed to following a set role in vastly different social position. For women, this has meant domestic tasks, exhausting and unending, and for men, economic duties and life outside the home, and prestigious battles. At that time, equality between men and woman was out of the question."
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Background: French Presidential candidate, Finance Minister Valery Giscord D'Estaing, entered the final week of his campaign on Saturday (11 May), with a speech on the role of women in France.
M. Giscard D'Estaing addressed supporters at Poitiers in central France. He promised to name a Remale Secretary of State in charge of problems relating to the condition of French women, if he were elected.
He spoke about the traditional role of French women. A translation of part of his speech follows:
M. Gisoard D'Estaing went on to say he was endenvouring to win over socialists and trade unionists who refused to follow the Socialist-Communist alliance of M. Francois Mitterrand, his rival candidate.
M. Giscard D'Estaing said "There is no need to overthrow our institutions. But we could modify their style so as to shape them in a more simple, more modern way".
Voting in the crucial second round of the Presidential election will be held on 19 May. Opinion polls have indicated that it could be a very narrow victory for either candidate.