• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE TONIGHT (THURSDAY) CALLED FOR A GAULLIST MAJORITY IN NEXT MONTH'S ELECTIONS TO PREVENT THE INDEPENDENCE OF FRANCE BEING SACRIFICED TO EITHER THE UNITED STATES OR RUSSIA BY QUARRELLING POLITICIANS.

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    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE TONIGHT (THURSDAY) CALLED FOR A GAULLIST MAJORITY IN NEXT MONTH'S ELECTIONS TO PREVENT THE INDEPENDENCE OF FRANCE BEING SACRIFICED TO EITHER THE UNITED STATES OR RUSSIA BY QUARRELLING POLITICIANS.

    SPEAKING FOUR DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE MARCH 5 AND 12 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS, HE SAID THE RETURN OF GAULLIST DEPUTIES WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN THE PRESENT SITUATION.

    IN A 12-MINUTE SPEECH BEFORE AN ESTIMATED 15 MILLION TELEVISION VIEWERS, THE PRESIDENT SAID SUCCESS BY THE OPPOSITION PARTIES WOULD OPEN THE WAY TO FRANCE BEING RENDERED IMPOTENT BY SCHEMING POLITICIANS. THESE PARTISAN BODIES ARE AGREED ON SACRIFICING NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE, BUT ONE GROUP WANTS OBEDIENCE TO SOVIET RUSSIA, THE OTHERS WANT AN AMERICAN HEGEMONY.

    IN HIS SPEECH PRESIDENT DE GAULLE POURED SCORN ON THE THREE OPPOSITION GROUPINGS - THE COMMUNISTS, THE LEFT-WING FEDERATION AND THE RIGHT-CENTRE FORMATION - SAYING THEIR ONE COMMON OBJECTIVE WAS TO DEPRIVE THE STATE OF AN ACTIVE DIRECTING HEAD. HE SAID THE OPPOSITION COULD NOT AGREE ON ANY ESSENTIAL SUBJECT. THEY COULD NOT UNITE ON FREEDOM SINCE SOME OF THEM CLAIMED TO MAINTAIN IT WHILE OTHERS WERE AIMING AT ESTABLISHING A TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP.

    TONIGHT, THE FRENCH PRESIDENT'S SPEECH PROVOKED FIERY REACTIONS FROM OPPOSITION LEADERS, WHO ACCUSED HIM OF EXPLOITING HIS PRESIDENTIAL STATUS FOR PARTY POLITICAL ENDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEK05RP41VWJ55N0LI1MGO15O3
    Media URN:
    VLVAEK05RP41VWJ55N0LI1MGO15O3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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