• Short Summary

    29 MILLION FRENCHMEN WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY TO DECIDE WHO IS TO BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE FIFTH REPUBLIC - GENERAL DE GAULLE OR M.

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    29 MILLION FRENCHMEN WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY TO DECIDE WHO IS TO BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE FIFTH REPUBLIC - GENERAL DE GAULLE OR M. MITTERRAND. PRE-ELECTION POLLS INDICATED A WIN FOR THE 75-YEAR-OLD GENERAL.

    TODAY'S EARLY VOTERS WENT TO THE BALLOT BOXES IN LESS STRENGTH THAN IN THE INCONCLUSIVE FIRST BALLOT TWO WEEKS AGO. BY NOON, FOUR HOURS AFTER POLLING STATIONS OPENED IN MILD, GREY, WEATHER, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT 27.19 PER CENT OF THE ELECTORATE HAD VOTED, COMPARED WITH 28.39 PER CENT AT THE SAME TIME IN THE FIRST ROUND.

    IF THIS TREND IS CONTINUED THE FINAL TURNOUT WILL BE ABOUT 5 PER CENT BELOW THE 85 PER CENT POLL ON DECEMBER 5TH. THE POLLS CLOSE AT EIGHT O'CLOCK THIS EVENING.

    ALL RECENT POLLS GIVE THE GENERAL TO WIN ANOTHER SEVEN-YEAR TERM AT THE ELYSEE PALACE IN THIS DECISIVE CONTEST, BUT THE "DON'T KNOWS" ON THE OPINION POLLS ADD SUSPENSE TO THE ELECTION AND COULD GIVE MUCH SUPPORT TO LEFT-WINGER M. FRANCOIS MITTERRAND, WHO EMERGED AT THE STRONGEST CHALLENGER TO THE GENERAL IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE ELECTION.

    BUT WHOEVER WINS TODAY, HE WILL BE THE FIRST FRENCH PRESIDENT WITH CONSIDERABLE EXECUTIVE POWERS TO BE ELECTED BY UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE. WITH A MORE LIMITED SUFFRAGE OF SOME FIVE MILLION SUBSTANTIAL TAXPAYERS, LOUIS NAPOLEON BONAPARTE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 1848 AND BECAME EMPEROR NAPOLEON III FOUR YEARS LATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAV5890NDU17WPJY3FXOF7UQYK
    Media URN:
    VLVAV5890NDU17WPJY3FXOF7UQYK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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