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    With only a few days left before the Italian general elections, opinion polls throughout the country report growing support for the Communists and other left-wing parties.

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    With only a few days left before the Italian general elections, opinion polls throughout the country report growing support for the Communists and other left-wing parties.
    SYNOPSIS: In Florence, Italy on Wednesday night, French Socialist party leader Francois Mitterrand added his wight to appeals to the electorate to support the Italian Socialist party in next weekend's elections. Three thousand people heard Monsieur Mitterrand's speech in Florence's famous Piazza Della Signoria.
    Monieur Mitterrand said the Italian people must now have confidence in their own Socialist Party. Mitterrand, whose French socialist party has an electoral alliance with Communists, said he did not intend to persuade Italians to follow his example.
    In the Naples, another huge crowd turned out to hear communist leader Enrico Berlinguer warn that if the Christian Democrats increase their vote in Sunday's elections, Italy faces the threat of an authoritarian regime.
    He said this was especially so if the Christian Democrats were joined by defectors from the far right. Signor Berlinguer has continually declined to predict Sunday's result, but he says the next Government must include Communists.
    Elsewhere in Europe, ex-patriot Italians are preparing for the long trek to the ballot box. Here in Frankfurt, West Germany, hundreds have been heading south. Italian law allows for free transport of returning voters once they have reached the Italian border. The West German railways have also agreed to help out by providing free rides to the frontiers.
    Recent opinion polls shows that the combined Italian left-wing parties have moved closer to an overall majority. However, the socialists have said that they could not be tempted with the premiership to join a centre-left alliance if a deadlock emerges. Despite the polls, the Christian Democrats are still outwardly confident of victory. Party leader, Amintore Fanfani is pushing the line that the people have had 30 years of liberty with the Christian Democrats, which would be endangered by the Communists.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACXBUFHBN6FINNOK3K1YI8N4O2
    Media URN:
    VLVACXBUFHBN6FINNOK3K1YI8N4O2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
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    N/A

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