The official two-week campaign for the French Presidential election opened on Friday (19 April), with 12 candidates in the race, and three major contenders retaining definite chances of victory.
GV INTERIOR Delegates wait for arrival of Chaban-Delmas in hall
SCU Chaban-Delmas fights his way through press and supporters to stage
SC PAN ACROSS Sign "POUR LA REPUBLIQUE" with picture of Pompidou
SV Chaban-Delmas mounts rostrum and waves to crowd
TV & SU Supporters clapping
GV Delmas addresses supporters
CHABAN-DELMAS: "As has always been my policy, I am convinced of the virtue of dialogue, which does not destroy the personality but which enriches. I am convinced that the deepening of democracy is a requirement in a society which wishes to live instead of tearing itself apart, which wants to build in common instead of destroying itself, which wants to be pluralist, that is to say it is respectful of the differences which constitute our richness. And I am conscious that such a requirement implies a political style of life made at the same time of tolerance and of willpower. So that all Frenchmen whatever their convictions know well that their leaders elected by the majority govern for the good of everyone."
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This film includes part of M. Chaban-Delmas' speech on Thursday. A translation appears below
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Background: The official two-week campaign for the French Presidential election opened on Friday (19 April), with 12 candidates in the race, and three major contenders retaining definite chances of victory.
All threw leading candidates -- Socialist Party Chief Francois Mitterrand, Finance Minister Valery Giscard D'Estaing, and the Gaullist ex-Premier Jacaques Chaban-Delmas -- quickly seized the opportunity offered by the campaign opening to present their cases on the State-run television and radio.
All three major candidates spent the last few days in electioneering in different parts of the country.
M. Chaban-Delmas pursued a hectic jet-borne tour of France. The Gaullist candidate's electioneering began on Thursday (18th April), with a speech in Bordeaux, in south-west France. The campaign got off to a low-key start, and M. Chaban-Delmas drew smaller crowds than M. Mitterrand, who attracted capacity audiences in Eastern France.
M. Chaban-Delmas attacked M. Giscard D'Estaing for turning the Fiance Ministry into a "state within a state". He reiterated his proposal to split it up into separate economics and finance departments, placing both under the control of the Prime Minister.