INTRODUCTION: France's former Premier, Jacques Chirac, has begun campaigning for the new post of Paris mayor, against a personal nominee of President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
SV PAN Former Premier Jacques Chirac campaigning for mayoralty and meeting people in Paris streets.
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CU Chirac leaves shop and talks to people outside before entering next shop.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: France's former Premier, Jacques Chirac, has begun campaigning for the new post of Paris mayor, against a personal nominee of President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
SYNOPSIS: M. Chirac started meeting the people in Paris streets on Friday ( 25 February). He's staking his political future on beating M. D'Ornano, the industry minister, in elections beginning on March the 13th. M. chirac resigned from the premiership last august over policy differences with President Giscard D'Estaing. His decision to stand for Mayor , shocked French political circles.
The position of Mayor is expected to be an influential one in the French political hierarchy.
A defeat for M. D'Ornano will deal a serious blow to Presidential prestige at a critical time and the election's seen as a curtain-raiser to a showdown between left and right in the Parliamentary elections just over a year away. M. Chirac and President Giscard D'Estaing differ sharply on how to tackle a threat from the Socialist-Communist alliance, which is treating the municipal ballot as a test of its election strength.
M. Chirac sees the Paris mayoralty, ranked by some as being the third most powerful position in the country, as a key base for organising his campaign against the Left in the coming parliamentary struggle. The post was recreated after a 100 year lapse during which the government has virtually run the French capital.