French Communist Party leader George Marchais has launched a scathing attack on the right-of-centre government of President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
French Communist Party leader George Marchais has launched a scathing attack on the right-of-centre government of President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. He chose the annual Party festival in Paris, on Sunday (11 September) to severely criticise the Government's record.
SYNOPSIS: The Festival of Humanity, as it's known, is ostensibly a social occasion of singing, dancing and pageantry, but it's also traditionally used as a platform for political speeches. This year, the Communist Party leader's message came only three days before the annual summit conference of the major left-wing parties.
The government had a poor record in almost every field, M. Marchais told the crowd. Unemployment was up 20 per cent in one year, he said, and productivity was stagnant at the 1974 level. Foreign debt had never been so great said the Communist leader. On foreign trade, M. Marchais said that in ten months the balance deficit rose by 80 per cent over the same preceding period.
The present government was disastrous, M. Marchais told his audience -- both for the country and the people. France was now entering a period of 'great political battle', he went on, and the stake had never been so high.
For the bourgeoisie, or the middle classes, he said, what was at stake in the future was their economic profits, their power, and their privileges. They would not willingly give them up, and would try anything to avoid defeat and stop change. The battle ahead would be rough, said M. Marchais, but the workers of France could count on the Communist Party to achieve victory for them.