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    DELEGATES AT THE ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY IN PARIS TODAY (THURSDAY) RECEIVED WITH MILD APPLAUSE A PLAN FOR A "DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIALIST" FEDERATION, PUT TO THEM BY MAYOR GASTON DEFFERRE OF MARSEILLES.

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    DELEGATES AT THE ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY IN PARIS TODAY (THURSDAY) RECEIVED WITH MILD APPLAUSE A PLAN FOR A "DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIALIST" FEDERATION, PUT TO THEM BY MAYOR GASTON DEFFERRE OF MARSEILLES.

    THE LEFT-WING CANDIDATE FOR THE DECEMBER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TOLD THE CONGRESS THAT THE SOCIALIST, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC (MRP) AND RADICAL PARTIES WOULD HAVE TO "ABANDON THEIR SOVEREIGNTY" TO THE FEDERATION IN A NUMBER OF FIELDS, PARTICULARLY TO DRAW UP A POLITICAL PROGRAMME, APPROVE A CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    MAYOR DEFFERRE SAID HE WAS NOT CALLING FOR AN IMMEDIATE MERGER OF THE PARTIES BUT HOPED THE FEDERATION WOULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO A SINGLE PARTY.

    M. DEFFERRE SAID THE FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY NOW HAD ONLY 73,000 MEMBERS AGAINST 350,000 IN 1946. ITS ELECTORAL SUPPORT HAD DROPPED FROM 20 TO 12 PERCENT OF VOTERS. "OUR ENGLISH, ITALIAN, AUSTRIAN, SCANDINAVIAN AND GERMAN FRIENDS ARE MAKING DETERMINED PROGRESS ON THE ROAD TO MODERN SOCIALISM. ARE WE GOING TO REMAIN THE STRAGGLERS, THE UNDERDEVELOPED ONES, IN A WORLD TOWARDS PROGRESS."
    MAYOR DEFFERRE'S SPEECH WAS GREETED BY MILD APPLAUSE. A MAJORITY OF THE CONGRESS, LED BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER GUY MOLLET, APPEAR TO WANT TO GIVE PRIORITY TO STRENGTHENING THE SOCIALIST PARTY BEFORE EMBARKING ON M. DEFFERRE'S PLAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6ZY7CA2KLCODY0J56VXGPUV2
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6ZY7CA2KLCODY0J56VXGPUV2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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