• Short Summary

    M. COUVE DE MURVILLE, THE LAST FRENCH PRIME MINISTER UNDER GENERAL DE GAULLE, IS FIGHTING?

  • Description

    M. COUVE DE MURVILLE, THE LAST FRENCH PRIME MINISTER UNDER GENERAL DE GAULLE, IS FIGHTING FOR HIS POLITICAL LIFE IN A CRUCIAL BY-ELECTION IN HIS SUBURBAN PARIS CONSTITUENCY OF YVELINES. IN LAST SUNDAY'S VOTING HE FAILED TO WIN OUTRIGHT ON THE FIRST BALLOT AND NOW MUST CONTEST A RUN-OFF ON NOVEMBER 2.

    M. DE MURVILLE, WHO POLLED 40.95 PER CENT OF THE FIRST ROUND VOTE, WAS THE ONLY ONE OF SIX EX-GAULLIST MINISTERS WHO FAILED TO GAIN OUTRIGHT VICTORY IN THIS WEEK'S BY-ELECTIONS.

    WHILE THE RESULT WAS A SET-BACK FOR HIM IT WAS A TRIUMPH FOR M. MICHEL ROCARD WHO IS STANDING FOR THE LEFT-WING UNITED SOCIALIST PARTY. HE WON 24.49 PER CENT OF THE VOTE.

    WHAT PLACED M. DE MURVILLE IN A DANGEROUS POSITION WAS MONDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE LOCAL COMMUNIST PARTY THAT IT HAD WITHDRAWN CANDIDATE JEAN CUGUEN, WHO POLLED ABOUT 20 PER CENT OF THE VOTES AND ADVISED HIS SUPPORTERS TO BACK M. ROCARD.

    M. DE MURVILLE HAS BEEN SPENDING MOST OF THIS WEEK TOURING HIS CONSTITUENCY, TALKING TO SHOP-KEEPERS AND RESIDENTS. THE ABSTENTION RATE IN THIS WEEK'S ELECTION WAS 46 PER CENT AND HIS CHIEF HOPE IS TO WIN OVER A LARGE ENOUGH PROPORTION OF THE WAYWARD VOTERS TO ALLOW HIM TO KEEP HIS SEAT IN THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAADIFB6VEP9MLWS5CZPBAPOAZQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAADIFB6VEP9MLWS5CZPBAPOAZQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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