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    France's faltering left-wing political alliance took a step towards greater unity on Thursday (19 July) when Socialist Party leader Francois Mitterrand and Communist Party chief Georges Marchais held their first formal meeting for over a year in Paris.

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    France's faltering left-wing political alliance took a step towards greater unity on Thursday (19 July) when Socialist Party leader Francois Mitterrand and Communist Party chief Georges Marchais held their first formal meeting for over a year in Paris. M. Robert Fabre, leader of the small Radical group, also attended at the talks.

    The long-delayed summit climaxed a period of severe strain in left-wing opposition relations following the defeat of M. Mitterrand in last year's presidential elections.

    The dispute flared publicly last autumn after the Socialist made dramatic gains in a series of parliamentary by-elections. The Communists then accused the Socialist of profiting from the left-wing alliance at communist expense. Recently, it has been made worse by differences of opinion over the Communist-Socialists confrontation in Portugal. A visit by Portuguese Socialist leader Mario Soares to seek support from French socialists was bitterly attacked by the French Communist press.

    After Thursday's three-hour meeting -- described as polite but sometimes sharp -- a joint communique was issued re-affirming faith in the left-wing union. But the only concrete result of the encounter was an agreement to challenge government dominance of political air-time on the state-run radio and television networks.

    SYNOPSIS: French Socialists were represented by their leader, Francois Mitterrand...whose campaign in last year's presidential elections had borough left-wing relations closer than ever before. Since then, an open split has developed between the Socialists and the French Communist Party...led by Georges Marchais. The Communists accused the Socialists of making electoral gains at Communist expense through the alliance...and, more recently, both parties have engaged in public dispute over political confrontations in Portugal.

    After the three-hour meeting, a joint communique was issued re-affirming faith in the left-wing union...but little else emerged in concrete terms.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6NYWGV3271LIJBSXPRH4SV5U7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6NYWGV3271LIJBSXPRH4SV5U7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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