INTRODUCTION: French socialist and Communist party negotiators have agreed on a joint declaration that could lead to the inclusion of Communist ministers in a new government.
CU PAN DOWN TO SV Tricolour outside polling station and posters by doorway.
CU PULL BACK PAN DOWN SV INTERIOR Statue on wall and ballot boxes on tables, nuns casting votes.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Official inspecting nun's card, nun placing ballot paper in box.
SV Man entering polling both, closing curtain; placing vote in box. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK SV Sign for ballot box, woman voting.
GVs & SVs Socialist supporters celebrating in streets near Bastille. (7 SHOTS)
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BUERK: "At three o'clock this morning crowds were still surging through the streets around the Place de la Bastille, symbolic birthplace of the revolution. Success for the Left in the parliamentary election didn't have quite the heady flavour of Monsieur Mitterrand's personal triumph in the presidential poll a month ago. This time the Left fully expected to win. But so overwhelming was this latest victory that hundreds of their supporters were drawn onto the streets to celebrate. They occupied the streets for several hours untroubled by France's formidable anti-riot police. But now the euphoria of the Left will have to give way to the realities of government."
REPORTER: MICHAEL BUERK
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Background: INTRODUCTION: French socialist and Communist party negotiators have agreed on a joint declaration that could lead to the inclusion of Communist ministers in a new government. The accord was reached on Tuesday morning (23 June) the day when details of the new government were to be announced. The discussions followed voting in the final round of the parliamentary election on Sunday (21 June) giving the Socialists a comfortable and absolute majority.
SYNOPSIS: The French electorate have given President Francois Mitterrand complete freedom in putting through his election programme. Along with a Socialist President, the country now has a Socialist-dominated National Assembly. In a landslide victory, the Socialists and their Left Radical allies captured 282 seats in the 491-member assembly. Political sources quoted by Reuters say it's almost certain President Mitterrand would approve the inclusion of at least two communist technocrats in a new cabinet.
The sources indicated that Communists were likely to be offered non-sensitive posts, possibly housing and transport, and perhaps one to two junior ministerial posts. The Socialists would certainly keep all the major ministries for themselves.
Michael Buerk of the BBC reports on celebrations in Paris which continued for hours after the results were announced.