With the municipal elections due to be held in early March, election posters are starting to appear throughout France.
SV Posters of the Socialist Party
SV Giscard d'Estaing being cheered by supporters as he walks to rostrum (2 shots)
SCU Giscard speaking to rally (FRENCH SOT)
GV Crowd holding poster supporting Jacques Chirac
GV Crowd at rally, Chirac walks onto rostrum and acknowledges supporters (2 shots)
SV & LV Chirac speaking (FRENCH SOT) (2 shots)
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Background: With the municipal elections due to be held in early March, election posters are starting to appear throughout France. The Socialist Party is appealing for strong vote to endorse the policies of the government of President Mitterrand. The opposition parties, however, have launched a programme committed to the dismantling of all important Socialist reforms. The former president, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, addressed a large meeting in the Parisian suburb of Charenton on January 21. There, he called on the opposition parties in France to combine in their fight against the Socialist Party. A massive vote against President Mitterand, he told the rally, would force the government to call fresh elections for the National Assembly. Two days later, on January 23, the mayor of Paris, jacques Chirac, outlined a 40-point programme to a crowd estimated at more than 60,000. The Gaullist party leader said the forthcoming elections were a national test for the opposition parties. His police will include, he told his supporters, the denationalizing of the banks and major industries and the winding-up of the worker-democracy reforms introduced by President Mitterand. Monsieur Chirac will be seeking a further six year term as mayor of Paris at the elections.