• Short Summary

    M. GUY MOLLET, SOCIALIST FORMER PRIME MINISTER, YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ACCUSED PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF "BLACKMAIL"?

  • Description

    M. GUY MOLLET, SOCIALIST FORMER PRIME MINISTER, YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) ACCUSED PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF "BLACKMAIL" BY THREATENING TO RETIRE IF THE FRENCH PEOPLE SAID "NO" IN THE OCTOBER 28 REFERENDUM ON CHANGING THE METHOD OF ELECTING FUTURE PRESIDENTS OF FRANCE.

    SPEAKING AT A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE POMPIDOU GOVERNMENT LAST FRIDAY OVER THE DE GAULLE PLAN, M. MOLLET SAID THE PRESIDENT'S THREAT, IF CARRIED OUT, WOULD BE "YET ANOTHER VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION." HE DESCRIBED THE PROPOSAL FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS TO BE ELECTED BY POPULAR VOTE AS THE SUGAR COVERING THE BITTER PILL OF ABSOLUTE POWER FOR THE PRESIDENT. IT CARRIED THE RICK OF DICTATORSHIP AND CIVIL WAR, HE SAID.

    THE CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE SHORTLY AFTER THE OUTGOING GOVERNMENT, MEETING UNDER PRESIDENT DE GAULLE. FIXED NOVEMBER 18 AND 25 FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR A NEW ASSEMBLY.

    M. PAUL REYNAUD, VETERAN CONSERVATIVE FORMER PRIME MINISTER, WHO IS SPEARHEADING OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S PROPOSALS, PRESIDED OVER THE JOINT CONFERENCE, WHICH HE SAID REPRESENTED "ALL BRANCHES OF THE GREAT REPUBLICAN FAMILY FROM SOCIALISTS TO CONSERVATIVES." M. MAURICE RENE SIMONNET, SECRETARY- GENERAL OF THE (CATHOLIC) M.R.P. PARTY, SAID PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S PLAN MEANT THE PEOPLE "CHOOSE A MAN EVERY SEVEN YEARS AND PLACE THE STATE IN HIS HANDS." THE OPPOSITION LEADERS WERE CONSULTING WITH A VIEW TO TAKING THEIR COMMON FRONT INTO THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACXDJZE8Q7RSD03VVS1PHGJ8WN
    Media URN:
    VLVACXDJZE8Q7RSD03VVS1PHGJ8WN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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