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    GAULLIST CANDIDATE M. GEORGES POMPIDOU, THE 57-YEAR-OLD BANKER AND FORMER PRIME MINISTER, WAS YESTERDAY (SUNDAY)?

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    GV POMPIDOU SUPPORTERS CELEBRATING ALONG CHAMPS ELYSSES (6 SHOTS)
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    CU ZOOM TO SLV..POMPIDOU SOF STARTS: (25FT) "LE SCRUTIN D'AUJOURDHUI..." SOF END: "..VIVE LA FRANCE." APPLAUSE CONTINUED TO....
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    CU M. POHER SOF STARTS: "J'ADRESSE MES FELICITATIONS.." SOF ENDS: "...VIVE LA FRANCE."
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    TRANSCRIPT: POMPIDOU: "TODAY'S POLL SEEMS TO ME ABOVE ALL TO CONSTITUTE A CONSOLIDATION -- OR, I WOULD EVEN SAY, A CONSECRATION - OF THAT GREAT REFORM THAT WE OWE, AS MANY OTHERS DO, TO GENERAL DE GAULLE. AND, THANKS TO WHICH, WERE CONCILIATED THE NECESSARY AUTHORITY AND THE FREE EXERCISE OF DEMOCRACY. I NEED HARDLY ADD THAT TODAY HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR FRANCE AND AN EMOTIONAL ONE FOR ME. FRENCHWOMEN AND FRENCHMEN, I ASK NOW THAT ALL TOGETHER WE UNITE OUR EFFORTS THAT THE REPUBLIC MAY LIVE AND THAT FRANCE MAY LIVE."



    POHER: "'I SEND MY PERSONAL CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC AND WISH FOR FRANCE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR MANDATE. MAY THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY GUIDE YOUR FUTURE ACTION AND ALLOW ALL THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE TO KNOW A NEW ERA OF DIALOGUE.'



    DEAR FRIENDS OF PRESS, RADIO AND TELEVISION -- AT THIS TIME THAT I LEAVE YOU AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF WORK, ALLOW ME TO THANK YOU.



    LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC. LONG FIVE FRANCE?"




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: GAULLIST CANDIDATE M. GEORGES POMPIDOU, THE 57-YEAR-OLD BANKER AND FORMER PRIME MINISTER, WAS YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) ELECTED PRESIDENT OF FRANCE. IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE ELECTIONS HE DEFEATED CENTRIST CANDIDATE ALAIN POHER, THE INTERIM PRESIDENT SINCE GENERAL DE GAULLE'S RESIGNATION, BY A 15% MARGIN OF VOTES. AS THE RESULTS WERE KNOWN LAST NIGHT, M. POMPIDOU MADE A VICTORY SPEECH IN WHICH HE PAID HOMMAGE TO THE GENERAL; AND M. POHER CONCEDED DEFEAT AND READ TO THE PRESS THE TELEGRAM HE HAD SENT TO THE NEW PRESIDENT.

    M. POMPIDOU, WHO IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT ECONOMIC BRAINS IN FRANCE, HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS 25 YEARS OF POLITICAL LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF GENERAL DE GAULLE, SERVING HIM IN A NUMBER OF PRIVATE POSITIONS BEFORE BECOMING PRIME MINISTER IN 1962 -- AND TAKING OFFICE WITHOUT EVER HAVING BEEN EITHER A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OR EVEN OF THE OFFICIAL GAULLIST PARTY. NOR HAD HE EVER SERVED ON A LOCAL OR MUNICIPAL COUNCIL. HE SERVED AS PREMIER FOR SIX YEARS AND THREE MONTHS -- LONGER THAN ANY POST-WAR HEAD OF GOVERNMENT IN FRANCE. AFTER SEEING FRANCE AND GENERAL DE GAULLE THROUGH THE STUDENT AND LABOUR UNREST OF MAY LAST YEAR AND BY THE ELECTIONS OF JUNE, TO THE SURPRISE OF MOST PEOPLE, HE WAS PASSED-OVER BY THE GENERAL IN HIS NEW GOVERNMENT AND M. MAURICE COUVE DE MURVILLE WAS NAMED PRIME MINISTER. HOWEVER MANY OBSERVERS FELT THAT THE GENERAL LEFT OPEN THE POSSIBILITY THAT M. POMPIDOU MIGHT ONE DAY BE THE CANDIDATE TO THE PRESIDENCY WITH THE SUPPORT OF GAULLISM -- IN A LETTER TO HIS OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER, GENERAL DE GAULLE WROTE: "YOU WILL HOLD YOURSELF READY TO ACCOMPLISH ANY MISSION AND ASSUME ANY MANDATE WHICH ONE DAY THE NATION MIGHT ENTRUST TO YOU," YESTERDAY, GAULLISM AND THE NATION ENTRUSTED HIM WITH THE PRESIDENCY OF FRANCE FOR SEVEN YEARS.

    IN HIS VICTORY SPEECH LAST NIGHT, M. POMPIDOU SAID:
    IN A PRESS CONFERENCE AT HIS CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS, DEFEATED CANDIDATE ALAIN POHER CONCEDED THE ELECTION AND THEN READ THE TELEGRAM HE HAD SENT EARLIER TO M. POMPIDOU.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6629U31YCXGZZCYQIQVQBPHPZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6629U31YCXGZZCYQIQVQBPHPZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
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    N/A

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