• Short Summary

    FRANCE IS WAITING FOR GENERAL DE GAULLE'S ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S CHALLENGE HANDED TO HIM BY THE VOTERS IN THE UNPRECEDENTED PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

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    THE VOTES BEING COUNTED IN THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR IN PARIS AT 0300 TODAY (MONDAY). NEWSMEN REPORTING RESULTS.




    Initials JM/V/JH/SA


    EDITORS: NATURAL SOUND ON FILM RESULTS ANNOUNCED STARTS AT 27 FEET, 44 SECONDS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FRANCE IS WAITING FOR GENERAL DE GAULLE'S ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S CHALLENGE HANDED TO HIM BY THE VOTERS IN THE UNPRECEDENTED PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE 75-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT, WHO FAILED TO WIN THE REQUIRED OVERALL MAJORITY IN THE FIRST BALLOT, FACES TWO ALTERNATIVES: RETIREMENT OR ENTRY INTO THE ARENA FOR A SECOND CONTEST AGAINST THE LEFT-WINGER FRANCOIS MITTERRAND.

    THERE HAS BEEN NO ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT BUT IT IS GENERALLY EXPECTED THAT HE WILL ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE, STAND AGAIN AND BEAT M. MITTERRAND HANDSOMELY.

    GENERAL DE GAULE IS NOT EXPECTED BACK IN PARIS FROM HIS COUNTRY HOME UNTIL TOMORROW, AND IT'S THOUGHT THAT HE MAY WAIT UNTIL THEN BEFORE ANNOUNCING HIS DECISION. BUT PRIME MINISTER POMPIDOU GAVE A BROAD HINT THAT HIS LEADER WILL FIGHT AGAIN: "THE DIVERSIONIST CANDIDATES HAVE SUCCEEDED IN PUTTING OFF THE BIG MANIFESTATION OF THE NATIONAL WILL, AND HAVE THUS DONE A DISSERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY WHICH HAS NO DOUBT REALISED THIS".

    A RECORD 85 PER CENT OF VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS. WITH RESULTS FROM FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES STILL TO BE OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED - THEIR PROVISIONAL RETURNS SHOW AN OVERWHELMING VOTE IN FAVOUR OF PRESIDENT DE GAULLE - THE PRESIDENT HAS POLLED 43.96 PER CENT. HIS CLOSEST RIVAL M. MITTERRAND HAS 32.04 PER CENT. THE SECOND BALLOT IS SCHEDULED FOR 19TH DECEMBER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DGLP4YL298AHX6V2TI6RFFUP
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DGLP4YL298AHX6V2TI6RFFUP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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