• Short Summary

    FRANCE TODAY (SUNDAY) VOTED FOR M. GEORGES POMPIDOU TO SUCCEED GENERAL DE GAULLE AS THE?

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    ELECTION SCENES; VOTERS IN BOOTHS; POHER CASTS VOTE; POMPIDOU CASTS VOTE.




    Initials PK/VS/CT/SGM



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    Background: FRANCE TODAY (SUNDAY) VOTED FOR M. GEORGES POMPIDOU TO SUCCEED GENERAL DE GAULLE AS THE COUNTRY'S PRESIDENT. M. POMPIDOU'S VICTORY WAS CONCEDED BY HIS RIVAL, M. ALAIN POHER, AFTER THE GAULLIST CANDIDATE HAD WON 57.78 PER CENT OF THE VALID VOTES.

    ELECTION DAY DAWNED BRIGHT AND SUNNY IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, BUT THE TURN-OUT OF EARLY VOTERS WAS LOW. BY NOON, ONLY A LITTLE HOME THAN A QUARTER OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS HAD CAST THEIR BALLOTS IN THE CAPITAL OF PARIS.

    IN WORKING-CLASS AREAS, THE FIGURE WAS EVEN LOWER. HOWEVER, RURAL AREAS REPORTED A STUDY FLOW OF VOTERS.

    IN THE PARIS SUBURB OF ABLON, M. POHER CAST HIS VOTE IN THE LOCAL POLLING STATION. OUTSIDE, THE 60-YEAR-OLD INTERIM PRESIDENT LAUGHINGLY TOLD WAITING NEWSMEN THAT IF THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHO HE VOTED FOR, THEY ONLY HAD TO LOCK AT THE BALLOT HE RETAINED. HE THEN PRODUCED FROM HIS POCKET A SPARE BALLOT WITH M. POMPIDOU'S NAME ON IT.

    M. POMPIDOU, ACCOMPANIED BY MME. POMPIDOU, VOTED AT THE TOWN OF ORVILLIERS, 37 MILES (60 KMS) WEST OF PARIS.

    THE 57-YEAR-OLD M. POMPIDOU, WHO HAS BEEN SUCCESSIVELY TEACHER, BANKER AND PRIME MINISTER -- FROM 1962 UNTIL LAST TUESDAY -- HAS GIVEN ONLY BROAD INDICATIONS OF HIS ONLY POLICY DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN.

    THE 11 MILLION VOTES HE WON TODAY IS WELL UNDER AN OVERALL MAJORITY OF FRANCE'S 29.5 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS AND REFLECTS THE HIGH RATE OF ABSTENTIONS WHICH FOLLOWED THE COMMUNIST PARTY CALL TO BOYCOTT THE POLL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7RORO4TU7AK330PW4JVYPAA79
    Media URN:
    VLVA7RORO4TU7AK330PW4JVYPAA79
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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