• Short Summary

    France's ruling three coalition parties held a "national day" in Paris on Monday (February 5) to raise morale in preparation for the next general election in four weeks' time.

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    France's ruling three coalition parties held a "national day" in Paris on Monday (February 5) to raise morale in preparation for the next general election in four weeks' time.

    More than a thousand electoral candidates from the UDR Gaullists, the Independent Republicans and the Centre for Democracy and Progress assembled to hear major speeches by the Prime Minister, M. Pierre Messmer, and the Finance Minister, M. Valery d'Estaing, and other party leaders.

    A highlight of M. d'Estaing's speech was an appeal for coalition candidates to win new support from more than just the marginal voters.

    He said the society the coalition wanted to create could not ignore or ostracize 40 or 50 per cent of its members because of differences of political opinion.

    M. Messmer said in Gaullists and their allies were entering the elections with the aim of giving renewed strength to the President, M. Pompidou.

    SYNOPSIS: The three political parties which make up the French coalition government held a rally in Paris on Monday to spell out their campaign policy for the general elections next month. The main speakers were the Prime Minister, M. Pierre Messmer, and the French Finance Minister, M. Valery d'Estaing. More than a thousand electoral candidates gave the two leaders a rousing welcome.

    M. d'Estaing urged the candidates to seek support from the majority of Frenchmen, even those who had voted against the coalition.

    He said the society the coalition wanted to create could not ignore or ostracize some forty per cent of its members because of differences of political opinion. Their campaign should concentrate on publicising the government's achievements, rather than criticising the opposition's policies. M. d'Estaing said what the government had achieved in the past four years gave it a mandate to propose a new phase of progress for French. Both he and M. Messmer stressed that the Gaullists and their allies were entering the election with the aim of giving renewed strength to the French President, M. Georges Pompidou. M. Messmer said their objectives included national independence, a united Europe and a more just France.

    Frenchmen will begin voting on March the fourth to fill the four hundred and ninety seat national assembly.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAXVUFOP1W2N1B0LXIP42MCDFX
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXVUFOP1W2N1B0LXIP42MCDFX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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