• Short Summary

    FRENCH SOCIALIST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, M. GASTON DEFERRE, TODAY (THURSDAY) MADE A BID FOR SUPPORT FROM?

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    GV EXT. BUILDING
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    SV MENDES-FRANCE (LEFT) DEFERRE (RIGHT)
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    CU DEFERRE SPEAKING (SOF FRENCH)
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    CU MENDES-FRANCE SPEAKING (SOF FRENCH)
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3. DEFERRE: "THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS CERTAINLY VERY IMPORTANT BUT FOR US THE TOTALITY OF POWER IS NOT IN THE HANDS OF THE HEAD OF STATE. THE GOVERNMENT MUST PLAY ITS PART. IT IS ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO DECIDE ON AND CONDUCT THE NATION'S POLICY.THAT IS WHY I HAVE ASKED M. PIERRE MENDES-FRANCE IF HE WOULD AGREE TO COME HERE TODAY. HE HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAS AGREED TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE FORMED IF I AM ELECTED. THE FRENCH WILL THEREFORE KNOW WHAT POLICY WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WE ARE FACING."



    SEQ 4. MENDES-FRANCE: "I THANK GASTON DEFERRE FOR THE STATEMENT HE JUST MADE. I BELIEVE THAT HIS CONCEPTION OF THE PRESENT ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN IS SOUND AND DEMOCRATIC SINCE IT IS OUR INTENTION TO USE THAT CIRCUMSTANCE TO ASK THE FRENCH TO CHOOSE NOT ONLY THE HEAD OF STATE BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE CONSTITUTED AND THE POLICY THAT WILL BE PURSUED. DEFERRE AND MYSELF ARE ASKING THE OTHER CANDIDATES TO SHOW THEIR CARDS TOO. FOR YEARS PAST WE HAVE BEEN AWARE THAT THE FRENCH ECONOMY WAS NOT SATISFACTORILY MANAGED AND THAT DESPITE ITS PROGRESS, ALL SURROUNDING COUNTRIES WHICH ARE THE SAME AS OURS, THE COMMON MARKET COUNTRIES FOR EXAMPLE, HAVE PROGRESSED MUCH FASTER THAN US. THEIR PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED MORE RAPIDLY, THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING HAS BEEN BETTER DEVELOPED. THE FRENCH KNOW IT, THEY FEEL IT. THEY ARE ENTITLED TO ASK FOR EXPLANATIONS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE MISMANAGED AND WHO ARE NOT REALLY IN A POSITION TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY NOW, PROCLAIMING THEIR DESIRE TO MODIFY WHAT THEY ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FRENCH SOCIALIST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, M. GASTON DEFERRE, TODAY (THURSDAY) MADE A BID FOR SUPPORT FROM A WIDE SPECTRUM OF THE FRENCH ELECTORATE BY ANNOUNCING THAT IF HE'S ELECTED NEXT MONTH HE'LL APPOINT M. PIERRE MENDES-FRANCE A HIS PRIME MINISTER. M. DEFERRE ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS.

    MENDES-FRANCE,A 62-YEAR-OLD JEWISH LAWYER, WHO AS RADICAL PRIME MINISTER IN THE MID-FIFTIES ENDED THE WAR IN INDO-CHINA AND SET TUNISIA ON THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE, IS ONE OF THE FEW LEADERS OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC, WHO STILL EVOKE AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE AMONG FRENCHMEN.

    HIS NAME'S LIKELY TO ATTRACT DEFERRE VOTERS FROM THE CENTRE AND THE MODERATE LEFT. EVEN SOME GAULLISTS ARE EXPECTED TO SUPPORT HIM.

    SO FAR, DEFERRE, WHO'S MAYOR OF MARSEILLES, HAS BEEN TRAILING BADLY IN PUBLIC OPINION POLLS BEHIND THE FRONT-RUNNERS -- GAULLIST, GEORGES POMPIDOU AND CENTRIST INTERIM HEAD-OF-STATE, ALAIN POHER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6PJKGB8XTEOFAPZ28AM66C3GB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6PJKGB8XTEOFAPZ28AM66C3GB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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