• Short Summary

    FRANCOIS MITTERAND, THE SOCIALIST WHO CHALLENGED GENERAL DE GAULLE FOR THE FRENCH PRESIDENCY IN DECEMBER 1965, AND LOST BY 10 1/2 MILLION VOTES TO 13 MILLION, HAS BEEN TOURING FRANCE ATTACKING GENERAL DE GAULLE'S REFERENDUM ON SENATE REFORM AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT DUE TO BE HELD ON 27 APRIL.

  • Description

    1.
    GV INT..MEETING
    0.05

    2.
    GV AUDIENCE
    0.10

    3.
    MV AUDIENCE SECTION (2 SHOTS)
    0.16

    4.
    CU AFRICAN IN AUDIENCE
    0.19

    5.
    MV MITTERAND SOF "POURQUOI EST-CE QUE JE..." SOF ENDS "...OUI MASSIF, JE PARTIRAI" (OVER SHOT OF AUDIENCE)
    1.55


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 5: MITTERAND: "WHY DO I SAY THIS ? NOT OUT OF COMPLACENCY FOR THE PERILS WHICH MENACE US, BUT TO PUT THE SITUATION IN ITS PROPER CONTEXT. CAN YOU BE CERTAIN -- TO RETURN TO MY INITIAL THEME -- THAT THE INDEPENDENCE, THE GREATNESS OF A COUNTRY, DEPEND STRICTLY UPON IDEAS WHICH WERE CURRENT IN THE 19TH CENTURY, AND WHICH REMAIN SO DEAR TO GENERAL DE GAULLE ? AS METTERNISH MIGHT HAVE REASONED, AS BISMARK REASONED, SO GENERAL DE GAULLE REASONS. BUT IT IS NOT THE WAY OF THINKING OF A MODERN MAN PREPARING HIS COUNTRY FOR THE TASKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY. I DO NOT LAUNCH MYSELF INTO FUTILE CRITICISMS OF THESE WHO CARRY THE HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AFFAIRS OF FRANCE, BUT I AM A FREE CITIZEN AND I HAVE, LIKE YOU, THE RIGHT -- AND STILL MORE THE DUTY -- TO REFLECT AND REACT OVER EACH OF THE PROBLEMS WHICH CONCERN US. TRULY LAST YEAR IT WAS WELL DONE -- VERY SUCCESSFULLY -- THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN EXPLANATIONS ABOUT THAT -- IT WENT AS FAR AS BRIBERY. AS FAR AS FRAUD, EVEN AS FAR AS FAKING, FOR I HAD ALREADY HAD A CHANCE TO SAY IT PUBLICLY, NOTABLY AT THE MICROPHONE OF EUROPE ONE, THE PRESS CONFERENCE I GAVE ON 28 MAY 1968 IN REPLY FOUR DAY'S AFTER GENERAL DE GAULLE'S TELEVISED DECLARATION OF 24 MAY, IT WAS THE SAME PROCEDURE -- GENERAL DE GAULLE HAD ANNOUNCED A REFERENDUM AND HE HAD SAID: 'IF THERE IS NOT A MASSIVE "YES" I WILL RESIGN'.




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    Background: FRANCOIS MITTERAND, THE SOCIALIST WHO CHALLENGED GENERAL DE GAULLE FOR THE FRENCH PRESIDENCY IN DECEMBER 1965, AND LOST BY 10 1/2 MILLION VOTES TO 13 MILLION, HAS BEEN TOURING FRANCE ATTACKING GENERAL DE GAULLE'S REFERENDUM ON SENATE REFORM AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT DUE TO BE HELD ON 27 APRIL.

    SPEAKING TO A LARGE AUDIENCE IN ORLEANS, HE DELIVERED A TWO-PRONGED ATTACK ON GENERAL DE GAULLE'S FOREIGN AND ECONOMIC POLICY. LATER IN THE SAME SPEECH HE ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT OF PREVENTING HIM FORM AIRING HIS VIEWS PUBLICLY.

    FOLLOWING UP HIS ATTACK ON THE GENERAL'S FOREIGN AND ECONOMIC POLICY HE SAID:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6UE0UVFZNFU9RFB0D91J8OMGL
    Media URN:
    VLVA6UE0UVFZNFU9RFB0D91J8OMGL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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