With only just over a week to go before the French Presidential elections M. Jacques?
SV Chaban-Delmas canvassing in Sarcelles (on Paris outskirts) with crowds chanting "Delmas-President"
SV PAN Crowd applauding TO Chaban-Delmas leaving in car
LV INT Mitterrand (right) facing Giscard D'Estaing in radio studio, with Chairman in centre
CU & SV Mitterrand speaking about shopkeepers, crowd watch, and Giscard D'Estaing takes up arguement
CU Giscard D'Estaing speaking (with interruptions from Mitterland)
M. Mitterrand accused M.Giscard D'Estaing of responsibility for the confusion among businessmen, the agricultural crisis, social conflicts, the low standard of rented property, the devaluetion of the franc, and the lack of vocational training. M. Giscard D'Estaing often interrupted with protests that he had come to have a debate not to hear a litany.
M. Mitterrand went on to say that he had heard what his opponent had to say about the need for change - and he himself agreed that change was necessary - but M. Giscard D'Estaing's type of change seemed very limited and designed only to get him the Presidency.
M. Giscard D'Estaing hit back by saying that the real difference between them was that M. Mitterrand had held eleven different ministerial posts in government while he had eleven unbroken years as Minister of Finance.
M. Mitterrand replied that his lack of continuous experience did not make him incompetent.
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Background: With only just over a week to go before the French Presidential elections M. Jacques Chaban-Delmas, on the right wing, has been fighting hard to revive his popularity - now flagging badly according to the opinion polls - while on Thursday, 25 April M. Valery Giscard D'Estaing and M. Francois Mitterrand, the main left-wing candidate, jabbed at each other fircely in a radio debate.
M. Chaban-Delmas went canvassing in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles on Thursday, 25 April. In a speech he returned to two familiar themes - M.Giscard D'Estaing's mismanagement of the economy as Finance Minister and M.Mitterrand's support from the Communist Party. On the same day the opinion polls showed support for M. Chaban-Delmas had fallen by two percent.
On the same day - in a radio debate - the other two main candidates, M. Giscard D'Estaing and M.Mitterrand, engaged in a lively radio debate. Below is a full peraphrase of their argument.
Political commentators now predict that M. Chaban-Delmas will be eliminated in the first poll and that there will be a run-off between M. Giscard D'Estaing and M. Mitterrand.