Mr. Georges Pompidou today (Wednesday) officially announced to the press that he would be a?
BUILDING WHERE STATEMENT WAS MADE: STATEMENT BY POMPIDOU FRENCH SOF.
TRANSCRIPT: Mr. Pompidou: 'After the decision by General de Gaulle to give up the Presidency and given the incertitude that the country knows at the moment. I have decided to put my candidacy before the French people. By doing this I believe I am obeying my duty. I intend to maintain the necessary continuity and stability, and I hope to be able to prepare the future. That is what the weeks to come will tell us. As for me I intend to prepare for the election in the way that is right particularly in the circumstances that France finds itself in today, that is to say with moderation, with a sense of continuity no doubt, but with the will to allow the French to be fully conscious and reassured about the future.'
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Background: Mr. Georges Pompidou today (Wednesday) officially announced to the press that he would be a candidate in the forthcoming French Presidential elections caused by the resignation on Sunday of General de Gaulle. The only other person to have states his intention to stand is the Socialist mayor of Marseilles, Gaston Defferre.
Mr. Pompidou first announced his intention to stand yesterday (Tuesday) shortly before his candidacy was examined and approved by the political bureau of the Gaullist parliamentary group. Today's statement was a formal declaration to the press, which he only made once he had received the support of the Gaullist party. Mr. Pompidou was also backed today by the Republicans Independents of Mr. Giscard d'Estaing despite the fact that many of them followed their leader in recommending voters not to vote 'yes' in Sunday's referendum.
The text of Mr. Pompidou's prepared statement is translated below: