• Short Summary

    PREPARATIONS FOR THE FIRST BALLOT IN THE FRENCH GENERAL ELECTIONS, WHICH FALLS ON SUNDAY (JUNE 23), ARE WELL UNDER WAY.

  • Description

    PREPARATIONS FOR THE FIRST BALLOT IN THE FRENCH GENERAL ELECTIONS, WHICH FALLS ON SUNDAY (JUNE 23), ARE WELL UNDER WAY. IN PARIS, WHERE 236 CANDIDATES WILL BE FIGHTING FOR 31 SEATS. THE BALLOT STATIONS ARE BEING READIED FOR THE ONSLAUGHT.

    ELECTIONEERING HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT PUSHED THIS YEAR DUE TO THE FORESHORTENING OF THE NORMAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND THE REDUCTION OF THE GAP BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND BALLOTS TO ONE WEEK INSTEAD OF TWO.

    IN FRANCE AS A WHOLE THERE ARE 3,200 CANDIDATES CONTESTING THE 487 SEATS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. THE GAULLISTS AND THEIR ALLIES IN THE ASSEMBLY, THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLICANS OF M. G?SCARD D'ESTAING, ARE BETWEEN THEM FIELD ON A CANDIDATE IN EVERY SINGLE CONSTITUENCY, AS ARE THE COMMUNISTS.

    M. FRANCOIS MITTERRAND'S FEDERATION DE LA GAUCHE DEMOCRATIQUE ET SOCIALIST IS PUTTING UP 450 CANDIDATES AND THE CENTRE DEMOCRAT OF M. JEAN LECANUET IS FIELDING 260. THE PARTY SOCIALIST UNIFIE, UNDER M. PIERRE MENDES-FRANCE, WHICH HAS ONLY FOUR DEPUTIES IN THE ASSEMBLY, IS RUNNING WITH OVER 100 CANDIDATES.

    TO WIN OUTRIGHT ON THE RIGHT BALLOT A CANDIDATE NEEDS AN OVERALL MAJORITY, AND WHERE IS NOT SECURED A SECOND VOTE IS TAKEN A WEEK LATER WITH ONLY A DIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED FOR VICTORY. THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE TWO BALLOTS IS CRUCIAL BECAUSE IT IS THEN THAT THE SYSTEM OF PARTY ALLIANCES COMES INTO PLAY WITH CANDIDATES STANDING DOWN IN EACH OTHER'S SAVOUR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAMMN5F98T7ZARDPA888FXNNSJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAMMN5F98T7ZARDPA888FXNNSJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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