• Short Summary

    THE CAMPAIGN FOR FRANCE'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IS REACHING ITS CLIMAX WITH THE POLL FOUR DAYS OFF.

  • Description

    THE CAMPAIGN FOR FRANCE'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IS REACHING ITS CLIMAX WITH THE POLL FOUR DAYS OFF.CANDIDATES AND PARTY WORKERS HAVE STEPPED UP EFFORTS TO CANVAS THE ELECTORATE WHILE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN BUSY DISTRIBUTING BALLOT PAPERS AND BALLOT BOXES FOR SUNDAY'S ELECTIONS.

    THE ELECTIONEERING HAS NOT AROUSED MUCH EXCITEMENT, BUT IT HAS BEEN MARKED BY THE APPARENT FAILURE OF LEFT-WING PARTIES TO FORM A 'POPULAR FRONT' - THE FIRST TIME IN FRANCE SINCE THE UNION OF SOCIALISTS, COMMUNISTS AND RADICALS IN 1936.LIKEWISE, THE ANTI 33 GAULLIST AND ANTI-COMMUNIST GROUPS APPEAR TO HAVE FAILED IN EFFORTS TO LINK INTO A NATIONAL CENTRE PARTY.

    THIRTY-EIGHT THOUSAND MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ARE BEING CONTESTED IN THE ELECTIONS, BUT THE POLITICAL INTEREST IS LIKELY TO BE FOCUSED ON THE 159 LARGER TOWNS, EACH OF WHICH HAS A POPULATION EXCEEDING 30,000.IN ONLY 50 OF THESE CENTRES WILL COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST CANDIDATES GO TO THE ELECTORATE ON THE ONE LIST.

    HOWEVER, MAIN INTEREST WILL REVOLVE AROUND THE ELECTION IN MARSEILLES, WHERE M.GASTON DEFFERRE, CHIEF LEFT-WING CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IS CAMPAIGNING FOR RE-ELECTION AS MAYOR.M.DEFFERRE, FACED WITH OPPOSITION FROM THE GAULLISTS AND COMMUNISTS AND A FOURTH CANDIDATE, SEEMS IN DANGER OF DEFEAT.IF HE LOSES THE ELECTION, HIS CHANCES OF EVEN MAKING A REASONABLE SHOWING AGAINST PRESIDENT DE GAULLE IN DECEMBER ARE THOUGHT TO BE SLIM.

    IN THE 159 LARGER TOWNS VOTING IS FOR LISTS OF CANDIDATES.THE WINNING LIST GETS THE SEATS, BUT TO DO SO THE LIST MUST HAVE AN ABSOLUTE MAJORITY OVER ALL OTHER COMPETING LISTS.IN THE SECOND BALLOT, ON MARCH 21, A SIMPLE MAJORITY WILL SUFFICE.A SECOND BALLOT IS EXPECTED TO BECOME NECESSARY IN MOST CASES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABDTZ9HBT1JHN7MX0X0VMIRAU1
    Media URN:
    VLVABDTZ9HBT1JHN7MX0X0VMIRAU1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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