• Short Summary

    AS THE CAMPAIGN FOR SUNDAY'S REFERENDUM ON REGIONALISATION AND SENATE REFORM DRAWS TO A CLOSE, AND OPINION POLLS PREDICT A POSSIBLE NARROW DEFEAT FOR THE GOVERNMENT, BOTH GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR CAMPAIGNING.

  • Description

    AS THE CAMPAIGN FOR SUNDAY'S REFERENDUM ON REGIONALISATION AND SENATE REFORM DRAWS TO A CLOSE, AND OPINION POLLS PREDICT A POSSIBLE NARROW DEFEAT FOR THE GOVERNMENT, BOTH GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR CAMPAIGNING. ONE LEADER TO SPEAK AGAINST THE REFERENDUM YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AT LOUVECIENNES NEAR PARIS WAS GEORGES BIDAULT.

    GEORGES BIDAULT CONSIDERS THAT HE IS PART OF THE TRADITIONAL FRENCH RIGHT-WING. HE WAS PRIME MINISTER DURING THE FOURTH REPUBLIC, PLEDGED HIS SUPPORT TO DE GAULLE IN 1958, BUT THE TWO DISAGREED STRONGLY ON THE QUESTION OF FRENCH ALGERIA. IN 1962 HE WENT INTO EXILE, AND IN AUGUST THE SAME YEAR A WARRANT WAS ISSUED FOR HIS ARREST. HE WAS ACCUSED OF AGREEING TO HEAD THE GOVERNMENT AFTER A MILITARY COUP D'ETAT PLANNED BY THE OAS. MR. BIDAULT RETURNED TO FRANCE ON JUNE 8TH LAST YEAR AN AMNESTY HAD BEEN DECREED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT. DURING LAST YEAR'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN HE CALLED ON THE FRENCH PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR NEITHER THE COMMUNISTS NOR THE GAULLISTS.

    AT LOUVECIENNES YESTERDAY HE SAID: 'ALAS, POLITICS HAVE ALSO INFLUENCED YOUR OWN AFFAIRS. THE RESULT IS THAT ONE DAY OR OTHER, WHATEVER YOUR OPINION MAY BE, YOU WILL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE ADULT FRENCH PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO TAKE ITS OWN DESTINY INTO ITS HANDS, WILL HAVE TO ASSUME ITS OWN RESPONSIBILITIES. THIS ABDICATION HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH. PUBLIC SAFETY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED BY ABANDONING IT TO ONE MAN, EVEN IF THAT MAN IS A GENIUS, AND EVEN IF HIS GENIUS IS UNAFFECTED BY THE PASSAGE OF TIME. THE FRENCH MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THE DAY MAY COME, INDEED MUST COME, SOONER OR LATER -- AND FROM NOW ON THE SOONER THE BETTER -- WHEN PUBLIC SAFETY MUST BECOME THE WORK OF ALL OF US IN COMMON, IN ORDER TO TRY TO RESTORE -- AND I REPEAT RESTORE -- THE FORTUNES OF FRANCE. FOR IF I HAVE JUST PAINTED AN APPARENTLY PESSIMISTIC PICTURE OF FRANCE, THE SITUATION IS IN FACT WORSE. FRANCE'S FORTUNES MUST BE RESTORED, AND FOR THAT THERE CANNOT BE TOO MANY OF US.'

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACRHYTLV6PK6D5RELM86GM4R6V
    Media URN:
    VLVACRHYTLV6PK6D5RELM86GM4R6V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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