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    The conservative French Finance Minister - Valery Giscard D'Estaing - has been elected as the new French President.

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    The conservative French Finance Minister - Valery Giscard D'Estaing - has been elected as the new French President.

    As the votes were counted late on Sunday (19 May), M. Giscard E'Estaing emerged with a slim majority of 1.4 per cent.

    The official vote count gave M. Giscard D'Estaing 50.7 per cent of the vote. Socialist Francois Mitterrand polled 49.3 per cent.

    Nearly 31 million voters went to the polls on Sunday, in a record turnout. 800,000 of them voted in overseas territories. These votes were not expected to be fully counted until Monday (20 May). In France, the weather gave the advantage to M. Giscard D'Estaing. A warm, sunny day meant many of France's older women went out to vote, and their votes were mainly conservative.

    With more than 26 million votes counted out of 27 million votes in France, M. Giscard D'Estaing polled 13,127,000 votes, and M. Mitterrand polled 12,760,000 votes.

    SYNOPSIS: As the voting patterns became clearer, it was obvious that M. Mitterrand would be beaten, if narrowly, in his run for the Presidency, which became vacant in early April after the death of Georges Pompidou Backed by the Communist Party, M. Mitterrand had promised to nationalise some companies and turn france into a more socialist country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9UBKATQ3LEIDWSRI8ZQCC6PPH
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UBKATQ3LEIDWSRI8ZQCC6PPH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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