A five-man commission of high officials began work in Paris on October 29th with orders to insure equal rights for all candidates for the French presidential election, to be held on December 5th.
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Background: A five-man commission of high officials began work in Paris on October 29th with orders to insure equal rights for all candidates for the French presidential election, to be held on December 5th.
The Control Commission for the electoral campaign started functioning after a brief ceremony at the ancient Royal Palace presided over by premier Georges Pompidou.
The Commission is headed by Alexandre Parodi, 65, vice-president of the Council of State - France's highest administrative tribunal.
Its main task will be to settle disputes over the use of billboards carrying electoral propaganda and the apportioning of time on the state-owned radio and television networks.
Candidates will be allowed two hours on the television and two hours on the state radio. The Commission's immediate key decision will be how to handle the situation in respect to the many private French-language stations stationed outside France. The majority of Frenchmen listen to these private stations.
In his statement, Pompidou said the creation of the Control Commission would help "create an atmosphere of dignity and equality befitting a great, free nation and a people who is the master of its destinies at a moment when they are choosing the chief of state and entrusting him with supreme responsibilities for the direction of the nation."