• Short Summary

    AT CARJAC, THE COUNTRY VILLAGE IN THE SOUTHERN FRENCH DEPARTMENT OF LOT, M. GEORGES POMPIDOU?

  • Description

    AT CARJAC, THE COUNTRY VILLAGE IN THE SOUTHERN FRENCH DEPARTMENT OF LOT, M. GEORGES POMPIDOU YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) MET THE PRESS AT HIS COUNTRY HOME. IN AN INFORMAL ATMOSPHERE, THE 58-YEAR-OLD ONE TIME PRIME MINISTER ANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS AND THE PART HE EXPECTS TO PLAY IF ELECTED TO THE PRESIDENCY OF FRANCE.

    M. POMPIDOU, WHO WAS BORN IN MONTBOUDIF IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CANTAL, BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A PROFESSOR, BUT HIS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE WARTIME RESISTANCE BROUGHT HIM INTO CONTACT WITH CHARLES DE GAULLE -- AND HE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GENERAL'S CLOSEST ASSOCIATES SINCE 1944. AFTER THE WAR HE WENT INTO POLITICS AND LATER JOINED THE BANKING HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD AS ITS DIRECTOR GENERAL. IN JUNE 1958, GENERAL DE GAULLE, AS HEAD OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT, CALLED ON HIS FORMER COLLEAGUE TO HEAD HIS PERSONAL STAFF AND, A YEAR LATER HE WAS APPOINTED TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL. AND, IN APRIL 1962, PRESIDENT DE GAULLE APPOINTED HIM TO REPLACE M. MICHEL DEBRE AS PRIME MINISTER -- HE SERVED IN THIS CAPACITY FOR SIX YEARS LONGER THAN ANY OTHER POST-WAR PREMIER, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSIDERED THE GENERAL'S HEIR APPARENT. HE SUCCESSFULLY HEADED THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE CRISIS CAUSED BY LAST YEAR'S STUDENT UNREST AND WORKERS' STRIKES, AND LED THE GAULLIST PARTY TO THE ELECTION VICTORY OF JUNE 1968. BUT, AFTER THE ELECTION, IT WAS NOT M. POMPIDOU ON WHOM PRESIDENT DE GAULLE CALLED TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT, BUT M. COUVE DE MURVILLE. SINCE THEN M. POMPIDOU HAD DEDICATED HIMSELF TO HIS BANKING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES. ON TUESDAY (29 APRIL) M. POMPIDOU ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDATURE FOR THE PRESIDENCY AT THE ELECTIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN CALLED AS A RESULT OF PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S RESIGNATION LAST WEEK AFTER THE NEGATIVE RESULT OF THE NATIONAL REFERENDUM.

    AT HIS CARJAC HOME M. POMPIDOU WAS ASKED HOW HE HOPED TO RECOCOUP THE VOTES WHICH HAD GONE AGAINST THE GAULLISTS IN THE REFERENDUM, HE REPLIED:
    IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ABOUT GENERAL DE GAULLE'S STYLE AS PRESIDENT AND M. POMPIDOU'S PLANS FOR A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, THE FORMER PREMIER SAID:
    FINALLY, M. POMPIDOU WAS ASKED HOW THE NEW PRESIDENT MIGHT COPE WITH THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS WHICH HAVE LAIN DORMANT DURING THE CURRENT CRISIS, HE REPLIED:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9R8LCYUC0EJDYANC3V0X636J9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9R8LCYUC0EJDYANC3V0X636J9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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