• Short Summary

    Ladbroke's, Britain's biggest bookmakers, who proudly boast they will accept a bet on anything that moves, have made French Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand favourite in the betting on the French Presidential election.

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    Ladbroke's, Britain's biggest bookmakers, who proudly boast they will accept a bet on anything that moves, have made French Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand favourite in the betting on the French Presidential election.

    The socialist leader has moved from odds of 5-1 against to be an even money choice.

    Ladbroke's, who are at the moment also accepting bets on who will be the next Archbishop of Canterbury, on whether Richard Nixon will complete his term of office, and on the date of the next British General election, are anticipating greater interest in their french Presidential betting this time because of British E.E.C. difficulties and the possibility of a left wing candidate winning.

    Ladbroke's director Ron Pollard talked to journalists and visited France before setting the odds. The man the company sends to Paris to pick up racing tips has also been doing a little political investigation on the side.

    Former Gaullist Prime Minister M. Chaban-Delmas, who had ben even money was quoted on Wednesday at 5-4. Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Eetaing comes next at 5-1 with National Assembly President Edgar Foure at 7-1 and al other candidates 33-1.

    The fist bet when the odds were posted came from a British journalist working in France.

    Ladbroke's took nearly GBP million (2.4 million U.S. dollars) in bets on the last British General Election.

    SYNOPSIS: The betting room in Ladbroke's -- Britain's biggest bookmakers. The last gamble is on the outcome of the French Presidential election. Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand soon emerged as favourite.

    But former Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas was running him very close. Ladbroke's proudly boast they'll accept bets on anything that Moves. They'll give odds on whether Richard Nixon will complete his term of office or on who will be next Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Here a fifty pound telephone bet is placed on Monsieur Chaban-Delmas. Ladbroke's are expecting increased interest on this French Presidential election.

    Ladbroke's director Ron Pollard was asked how he fixed the odds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAP0Z0JYB8SOBHXU6ZJ99Y2G4N
    Media URN:
    VLVAP0Z0JYB8SOBHXU6ZJ99Y2G4N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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