The French Communist Party held its annual political jamboree 'Fete de L'Humanite' in a north Paris suburb at the weekend (13 and 14 September).
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Background: The French Communist Party held its annual political jamboree 'Fete de L'Humanite' in a north Paris suburb at the weekend (13 and 14 September). More than 605,000 people flocked to the event which featured swings and roundabouts, sports events, food, drink and entertainment.
SYNOPSIS: The fair is organised with the aim of recruiting new members to the Party and providing a platform for Party leaders to air their views. On Saturday (13 September) Georges Marchais, Secretary General of the French Communist Party, officially opened the fete and welcomed representatives and journalists from eight socialist countries.
Stands and exhibitions organised by dissident socialist groups in exile, including Chileans, stood alongside tents and pavilions financed by Communist governments throughout the world. By the end of the two-day event the ranks of Party members had been swollen by 10,000 new card holders and the French Communist Party Newspaper "L'Humanite" claimed it had gained some 15,000 new readers.
Mr Marchais received a huge ovation when he appeared on the central podium on Sunday (14 September) to deliver a speech on French Communist Party policy.
Mr Marchais said he would stand in next year's Presidential elections and claimed he was the only candidate opposed to President Giscard D'Estaing. He accused Francois Mitterrand, the Socialist leader of turning his back on change. If Mr Mitterrand were elected in April, he said, government policies would not be altered. Mr Marchais stressed that in the light of Socialist Party opposition to the idea of unity of the left, the only effective way forward lay in the struggle for change by all victims of present government action.
But Mr Marchais emphasised that the Communist Party in France could not wait for answers to emerge from the ballot box. He said that would merely give a free hand to the power of capital and pave the way for defeat and disillusion of the left. And he warned he was not prepared to lead his people up such a dead end.