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    IN A MAJOR REVERSE, FORMER FRENCH PRIME MINISTER COUVE DE MURVILLE WAS TONIGHT (SUNDAY) BEATEN IN A PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION BY THE LEADER OF THE FAR LEFT-WING UNIFIED SOCIALIST PARTY (P.

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    PORTRAIT OF DE GAULLE; COUVE DE MURVILLE WITH NEWSMEN; COUVE SPEAKS; ROCARD ANSWERS QUESTION (FRENCH SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: COUVE DE MURVILLE: "I WILL NOW GIVE THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION IN THE FOURTH CONSTITUENCY OF YVELINES. IT IS CLEAR THAT I HAVE BEEN BEATEN BY AN ALLIANCE, ONE FORMED BY REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALISM SUPPORTED BY THE CENTRE MODERATES AND THE RIGHT WING. IT IS, IN FACT, AN ALLIANCE THAT WE HAVE OFTEN EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST -- TO THE GREATEST SORROW OF OUR COUNTRY. AND LET ME ADD THAT IT IS ALSO CLEAR THAT THESE ELEMENTS OF THE CENTRE AND THE RIGHT ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE MADE THIS DECISION THROUGH HATRED AND LACK OF CONSCIENCE. I AM CONVINCED THAT THIS RESULT WILL BE A SHOCK TO THE NATION, AND THAT THE FRENCH PEOPLE WILL NOT UNDERSTAND IT."



    QUESTION: "M. MICHEL ROCARD, YOU HAVE JUST BEATEN M. COUVE DE MURVILLE, THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER UNDER GENERAL DE GAULLE. WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS?"



    ROCARD: "MY FIRST IMPRESSION IS THAT IT IS NOT SOLELY A QUESTION OF VICTORY OVER M. COUVE DE MURVILLE. THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF VOTE MEANS THAT THE PROBLEM CANNOT BE REDUCED TO PERSONAL TERMS. THE WHOLE REGIME HAS BEEN DISAVOWED. A DIFFERENCE OF 2,000 VOTES IN SUCH A CONSTITUENCY -- THIS IS A SIGN THAT A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF ELECTORS ARE ANXIOUSLY CONCERNED BY THEIR FUTURE, AND ARE QUITE READY TO WELCOME THE IDEA OF A REPLACEMENT OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION BY A VERY DEEP SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION. I HAVE NEVER REMAINED SILENT ABOUT OUR FEELING IN THIS RESPECT, AND THE POSITION HAS BEEN CLEAR ENOUGH DURING THIS CAMPAIGN."




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    Background: IN A MAJOR REVERSE, FORMER FRENCH PRIME MINISTER COUVE DE MURVILLE WAS TONIGHT (SUNDAY) BEATEN IN A PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION BY THE LEADER OF THE FAR LEFT-WING UNIFIED SOCIALIST PARTY (P.S.U.) M. MICHEL ROCARD. AFTER THE COUNT, M. COUVE DE MURVILLE DESCRIBED THE RESULT AS A SHOCK WHICH THE FRENCH PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND.

    IN THE BY-ELECTION FOR A SEAT IN THE YVELINES DEPARTMENT OF SUBURBAN PARIS, M. ROCARD WON 15,200 VOTES AGAINST THE 13,063 POLLED BY HIS GAULLIST OPPONENT -- AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF THE ELECTION LAST WEEK HAD BEEN INCONCLUSIVE.

    M. ROCARD WILL BE THE ONLY P.S.U. MEMBER IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. HE ACHIEVED NATIONAL PROMINENCE AS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES IN THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

    HIS OPPONENT, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAS LONG BEEN ESTABLISHED AS A MAJOR POLITICAL FIGURE. M. COUVE DE MURVILLE SPENT 10 YEARS AS FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, FOLLOWED BY A BRIEF SPELL AS FINANCE MINISTER AND THEN BY NEARLY A YEAR AS PRIME MINISTER UNTIL LAST JUNE.

    AFTER THE ELECTION, HE SPOKE BITTERLY OF THE VOTES GIVEN TO HIS OPPONENT BY THE SUPPORTERS OF OTHER CANDIDATES WHO EITHER WITHDREW OR WERE ELIMINATED AFTER THE FIRST BALLOT. THE COMMUNISTS, IN PARTICULAR, SEEM TO HAVE VOTED HEAVILY FOR M. ROCARD:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1SW08WZH93L0GUAPXHNR21RRP
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SW08WZH93L0GUAPXHNR21RRP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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