France's most flamboyant politician, Radical Party leader Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber, is fighting the Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas in a curious by-election in Bordeaux.
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CU & PULL BACK..Servan Schreiber press conference
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Background: France's most flamboyant politician, Radical Party leader Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber, is fighting the Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas in a curious by-election in Bordeaux.
The by-election only comes about because of a French law that Ministers cannot sit in Parliament; and the Prime Minister's Bordeaux substitute had died.
And since m. Servan-Schreiber became Deputy for Nancy in June, and will go on representing that constituency in the National Assembly, neither man will hold the Bordeaux seat if he wins the September 20 poll.
Servan-Schreiber is campaigning in Bordeaux on national issues, against an approach on local issues by his opponent. He says his aim is to cure the stagnancy of the economy created by the Guallists, and unite the non-communist vote in a new anti-Guallist opposition.
He gave up a huge publishing empire to become Secretary-General of the Radical socialists, and has a film-star image in politics, apparently modelled on the style of the Kennedy brothers in the United States. He is said to use American public relations men to project his colourful image.
The French Prime Minister, his opponent, has shown signs of irritation during the campaign at the entry of Servan-Schreiber in the by-election in his home town of Bordeaux, where he is a respected figure.
Chaban-Delmas has represented the town for more than 20 years, and is regarded by the prosperous bourgeois electorate, two thirds os whom are over the age of forty, as a shining example of the local boy made good.
He has also done much to help his constituency by directing industry to Bordeaux, and by helping with housing projects. He is not expected to come near losing the seat, but faced with the glamorous opposition of Servan-Schreiber he may well lose an embarrassing number of votes.
If Servan-Schreiber does pick up a large share of the vote, he will damage the Prime Minister's pride, and with it that of Guallism, his national long-term foe.