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    M. TIXIER VIGNANCOUR, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE'S SMALL REPUBLICAN ALLIANCE PARTY, SPOKE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ON WHY?

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    VIEW OF PARIS: M. VIGNANCOUR SPEAKING (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: M. VIGNANCOUR: "THOSE ARE THE QUESTIONS POSED - BUT THEIR ARE OTHER CONSEQUENCES. THAT IS THE SECOND REASON WHY WE ANSWER NO. THE FACT IS THAT THE PERIOD OF OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC WILL NO LONGER BE ENSURED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE WHO, BY VIRTUE OF HIS HIGH OFFICE IS AN IMPARTIAL JUDGE, BUT BY THE PRIME MINISTER WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN APPOINTED PRECISELY BY THE CHIEF OF STATE WHO WOULD BE CALLED UPON TO CEASE OFFICE. IT WOULD SUFFICE FOR THE CHIEF OF STATE TO APPOINT THIS PRIME MINISTER AND SAY AT THE SAME TIME THAT HE IS HIS SUCCESSOR, AND HE WOULD BE IN POSSESSION OF THE MONOPOLY OF THE AUDIO-VISUAL MEDIA AND THE MONOPOLY OF PROPAGANDA. THIS YOU CAN NO LONGER CALL A REPUBLIC. AND FINALLY, MODIFYING ARTICLE 89 OF THE CONSTITUTION WOULD PERMIT IT TO BE PASSED BY A MAJORITY OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE SINGLE ASSEMBLY WITHOUT A REFERENDUM. AT THAT MOMENT, DEAR SIR, YOU WILL SEE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC CAN, IN THE FIFTEEN DAYS THAT FOLLOW THE REFERENDUM, FORCE A DECISION MAKING HIM PRESIDENT FOR LIFE. DECIDE THAT HE HAS APPOINTED HIS SUCCESSOR WHO CAN BE NO MATTER WHO. AND THEN ASK THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE TO VALIDATE IT. THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE. HOW IS IT THAT GENERAL DE GAULLE, AND THIS IS THE QUESTION EVERYONE IS ASKING HIMSELF, HOW IS IT THAT GENERAL DE GAULLE CAN PROPOSE A TEXT OF SUCH CONSEQUENCES FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE FRENCH? WELL, I WILL TELL YOU. SINCE M. GEORGES POMPIDOU DECLARED THAT HE WAS A CANDIDATE TO THE SUCCESSION OF GENERAL DE GAULLE. AS GENERAL DE GAULLE DOES NOT WISH TO HAVE M. POMPIDOU AS HIS SUCCESSOR, IF THE MAJORITY OF YES GIVE THE RIGHT, IN FIFTEEN DAYS HE CAN BRING TO A DEFINITE CLOSE THE FUTURE AND THE DESTINY OF M. POMPIDOU. BY APPOINTING A SUCCESSOR -- FULL STOP, THAT IS ALL. YOU MAY SAY, BUT M. POMPIDOU VOTES YES - THAT IS TO SAY THAT IN A WAY HE SAYS "HURRAH FOR MY DEATH." I WILL ANSWER YOU - HE VOTES YES, BUT LOOK AT HIM WHEN HE SPEAKS, ONE DOES NOT GET THE IMPRESSION THAT HIS YES IS PARTICULARLY ENTHUSIASTIC. ONE UNDERSTANDS QUITE WELL WHY HE CANNOT DO OTHERWISE. BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT ALL THOSE WHO THINK THAT HIS RETURN TO POWER WOULD SIGNIFY A RETURN TO CONFIDENCE AND ECONOMIC EXPANSION AND WOULD CONSTITUTE A REDUCTION OF THE HANDICAPS THAT HAVE HIT FRANCE SINCE THE EVENTS OF MAY AND JUNE FOLLOWED BY THE MONETARY CRISIS - EVEN THEY, I AM CERTAIN WOULD VOTE NO ALL THE SAME."




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    Background: M. TIXIER VIGNANCOUR, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE'S SMALL REPUBLICAN ALLIANCE PARTY, SPOKE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ON WHY HIS RIGHT WING FOLLOWERS WOULD VOTE NO TO PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S REFERENDUM NEXT WEEK (APRIL 27). HE ITEMIZED THE PARTY'S OBJECTIONS AND STRESSED THE FACT THAT IT WOULD OPEN THE WAY FOR GENERAL DE GAULLE TO BECOME PRESIDENT FOR LIFE WHILE PUTTING AN END TO GEORGES POMPIDOU'S POLITICAL FUTURE.

    M. VIGNANCOUR, WHO DID NOT RECEIVE THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF VOTES TO SAVE HIS DEPOSIT AS HIS PARTY'S CANDIDATE AT THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, DECLARED THAT THEY WOULD VOTE AGAINST THE REFERENDUM BECAUSE IT MEANT NEW TAXES BY THE CREATION OF NEW REGIONS AND BECAUSE THE ELIMINATION OF THE SENATE WAS AGAINST THE SYSTEM OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY. HE ALSO SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61ZWMSANLZXGP8DKLDSD3KAJE
    Media URN:
    VLVA61ZWMSANLZXGP8DKLDSD3KAJE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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