• Short Summary

    THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SURVIVED AN OPPOSITION CENSURE MOTION OVER THE STRIKE CRISIS, AND THE UNIONS ANNOUNCED THEY WERE READY TO NEGOTIATE ON A RETURN TO WORK.

  • Description

    THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SURVIVED AN OPPOSITION CENSURE MOTION OVER THE STRIKE CRISIS, AND THE UNIONS ANNOUNCED THEY WERE READY TO NEGOTIATE ON A RETURN TO WORK. THE VOTING CAME AFTER A FINAL APPEAL FROM PREMIER GEORGES POMPIDOU "TO END DISORDER AND KEEP THE UNKNOWN AT BAY".

    THE COMMUNIST AND LEFT-WING PARTIES FAILED BY ELEVEN VOTES TO GET THE FRENCH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO APPROVE THE MOTION CONDEMNING THE GAULLIST GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POLICIES.

    VOTING FOR THE MOTION WERE 121 MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF THE LEFT, 73 COMMUNISTS, 34 CENTRALISTS, FOUR INDEPENDENTS AND ONE GAULLIST - M. EDGARD PISANI. THIS GAVE THE OPPOSITION 233 VOTES - 11 SHORT OF THE NECESSARY MAJORITY OF 244 TO DEFEAT THE GOVERNMENT.

    EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON, M. POMPIDOU TOLD THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, DEBATING THE CENSURE MOTION, THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS WILLING TO HOLD TALKS WITH THE WORKERS, WITH A VIEW TO ENDING THE STRIKES WHICH HAVE CRIPPLED FRANCE IN THE PAST FEW DAYS.

    THE THREE GIANT TRADE UNION FEDERATIONS HAD ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WERE PREPARED TO HOLD TALKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADTESEZ5DCCACNAPLVF25OM4OO
    Media URN:
    VLVADTESEZ5DCCACNAPLVF25OM4OO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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