France is wondering today whether President de Gaulle will quit the political scene if he fails to win an absolute majority in Sunday's Presidential Election.
France is wondering today whether President de Gaulle will quit the political scene if he fails to win an absolute majority in Sunday's Presidential Election. The main question left after his first television address of the campaign last night (Tuesday), is whether he is prepared to go to a second ballot if required.
(Failing an absolute majority in Sunday's ballot, the two candidates with the largest number of votes will fight it out in a run off election a fortnight later on December 19th.)
In his 15-minute speech, President De Gaulle warned that France would fall back into chaos if he were not returned to office, and attacked his five opponents as "Champions of Decay".
During his address the President said:
(Before the address, the President had remained aloof from the campaign - which is now in its third week - and had seen his rating in public opinion polls fall from 61 per cent to 51 per cent and less. His aides were widely reported to have urged him to make the speech as a counter to the increasing activity - and popularity - of his opponents.)