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    AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE FRENCH COMMUNIST LEAGUE, TROTSKYIST FOURTH INTERNATIONAL, 27-YEAR-OLD ALAIN KRIVINE BECOMES THE FIRST NATIONAL SERVICEMAN TO MAKE A BID FOR FRANCE'S TOP POLITICAL JOB.

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    KRIVINE AND PARTY MEMBERS AT TABLE; PRESSMEN; PARTY MEMBER INTRODUCING KRIVINE; KRIVINE SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: INTRODUCER: "WELL, I WILL HAND OVER IMMEDIATELY TO OUR COMRADE ALAIN KRIVINE WHO HAS BEEN LIBERATED THIS MORNING FROM HIS BARRACKS AT VERDUN AND WHO HAS SPECIAL LEAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN."



    KRIVINE: "MY DEAR FRIENDS, I MUST FIRST OF ALL APOLOGIZE FOR THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH I WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND -- BUT I THINK THAT IF ONE LOOKS AT FRANCE'S POLITICAL HISTORY -- OR EVEN THAT OF OTHER COUNTRIES -- ONE NOTICES THAT IT IS A LOST EASIER FOR A COLONEL (INTERRUPTED BY SOMEONE ASKING HIM TO SPEAK LOUDER).....IT IS MUCH EASIER FOR A COLONEL OR A GENERAL TO ENTER POLITICS THAN IT IS FOR A PRIVATE. HAVING SAID THIS, IT IS EVIDENT THAT A WHOLE SERIES OF OBSTACLES HAVE BEEN PLACED IN THE WAY OF OUR CANDIDACY. WE ARRIVED AT THE FOLLOWING SITUATION: IT HAS BEEN IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO DEVELOP OUR PROGRAMME BEFORE THE GATHERING OF THE SIGNATURES OF MAYORS, THAT IS TO SAY MY COMRADES HAD TO GO AND SEE THE DIFFERENT MAYORS OF FRANCE WITHOUT MY BEING ABLE TO EXPRESS MYSELF FIRST. IT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRAFTING OF THE ELECTORAL CIRCULAR AND THE ELECTORAL PAMPHLETS THAT MUST BE INCESSANTLY ISSUED".




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    Background: AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE FRENCH COMMUNIST LEAGUE, TROTSKYIST FOURTH INTERNATIONAL, 27-YEAR-OLD ALAIN KRIVINE BECOMES THE FIRST NATIONAL SERVICEMAN TO MAKE A BID FOR FRANCE'S TOP POLITICAL JOB. AFTER OBTAINING A SPECIAL LEAVE FROM HIS MILITARY SERVICE TO CONDUCT HIS CAMPAIGN, HE HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) DURING WHICH HE SAID IT WAS EASIER FOR A COLONEL OR A GENERAL TO ENTER POLITICS THAN FOR A CONSCRIPT TO DO SO.

    M. KRIVINE, WHO IS A SECONDARY SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER, IS MARRIED WITH ONE CHILD. AS A CONSCRIPT HE EARNS 20 FRANCS (LESS THAN GBP2 STERLING) PER MONTH. HIS DEPOSIT OF 10,000 FRANCS (ABOUT GBP820) WAS RAISED THE NECESSARY MAYORAL SIGNATURES TO ENDORSE HIS CANDIDATURE. ALL THIS HAD TO BE DONE IN HIS ABSENCE, AS THE 150TH INFANTRY REGIMENT AT VERDUN, WHERE HE IS SERVING, WOULD NOT GIVE HIM LEAVE UNTIL HIS CANDIDATURE HAD BEEN OFFICIALLY APPROVED BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL.

    YESTERDAY, AS SOON AS THE COUNCIL ANNOUNCED THE APPROVAL, M. KRIVINE OBTAINED PERMISSION TO BE ABSENT FROM HIS BASE UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS TO CONDUCT HIS CAMPAIGN. HE IMMEDIATELY WENT TO PARIS WHERE HE MET HIS PARTY EXECUTIVE AND HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA90ERZ5Z4HZ1N4B77RJ7HCIOE7
    Media URN:
    VLVA90ERZ5Z4HZ1N4B77RJ7HCIOE7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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