French Socialist leader. M. Francois Mitterrand, announced in Paris on Monday (8 April) that he?
French Socialist leader. M. Francois Mitterrand, announced in Paris on Monday (8 April) that he wold stand in the forthcoming French presidential elections, as the sole candidate of the main left-wing parties. The election has arisen as a result of the death of the late President Pompidou.
M.Mitterrand told a special party congress at the Palais de la Mutualite that his campaign wold be built on five themes -- greater freedom, a more just society, a stronger currency, a more brotherly people and an active France.
M.Mitterrand has been a major political figure in France for the past 30 years. In 1965 he polled 45 per cent of the votes in a presidential poll, even though his opponent was the formidable President de Gaulle.
M.Mitterrand's emergence as the only representative of the left, contrasts strongly with the number of candidates springing from the Gaullist-led majority coalition. Among them are M. Jacques Chaban-Delmas, M. Pierre Messmer and M. Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
Announcing his candidacy, M. Miterrand expressed his thanks to his supporters.
(A translation follows of M.Mitterrand's remarks in French included on film:)
SYNOPSIS: A crowd gathered outside the palais de la Mutualite in paris on Monday as the French socialist Party held a special congress to decide who should be their representative in the forthcoming presidential election. The election has been caused by the death of the late President Pompidou. Three candidates have already emerged from the majority coalition.
But M. Francois Mitterrand was disignated the only representative of the French left-wing parties. M. Mitterrand thanked his supporters.
M. crrand, who has been a major figure in French politics for thirty years, said he valued the support of his followers. he acknowledged the effort they had put in.
He said that his selection was the wish of tens and tens of thousands of French people who wanted to see socialism grow in France.
His election campaign will rest on five issues -- greater freedom, a more just society, a stronger currency, a more brotherly people and an active France.