The French Communist Party on Wednesday (15 January) installed temporary collective leadership after party leader Georges Marchais suffered a heart attack the night before.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: "It was announced this morning that Georges Marchais has been sent to hospital. At about ten o'clock this morning an official communique was issued saying M. Georges Marchais was victim of a coronary seizure without any complications and added that a further bulletin on M. Marchais' health would be issued at the end of the week."
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Background: The French Communist Party on Wednesday (15 January) installed temporary collective leadership after party leader Georges Marchais suffered a heart attack the night before.
The decision not to appoint an acting Secretary-General was taken at an emergency meeting of the Party's Political Bureau in Paris. The leadership of the Party will be in the hands of the six members of the Bureau's Secretariat who are M. Marchais' principal collaborators.
M. Marchais' greatest political achievement has been the electoral alliance the forged with the Socialist Party.
The two Parties combined to form strong opposition to the Government of President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, although rifts between the two have widened recently.
M. Marchais was taken to an intensive care unit in hospital and he is expected to remain in hospital for about 10 days.