• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE, GRAPPLING WITH THE WORST DOMESTIC CRISIS OF HIS TEN-YEAR RULE, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) CALLED A JUNE REFERENDUM AND ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD RESIGN IF THE NATION FAILED TO GIVE HIM A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.

  • Description

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    GV ELYSEE PALACE (SILENT)
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    2.
    SV DE GAULLE SEATED (SOF IN FRENCH)
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    TRANSCRIPT: 'FOR ALMOST THIRTY YEARS NOW, EVENTS HAVE IMPOSED ON ME, ON SEVERAL GRAVE OCCASIONS, THE DUTY OF MAKING OUR COUNTRY ASSUME ITS OWN DESTINY IN ORDER TO PREVENT CERTAIN PEOPLE TAKING IT OVER DESPITE ITSELF. I AM READY AGAIN THIS TIME, BUT THIS TIME AGAIN, AND ABOVE ALL THIS TIME, I NEED, YES I NEED, THE FRENCH PEOPLE TO SAY THAT THEY WANT IT. AND INDEED OUR CONSTITUTION WISELY FORESEES THE WAY IN WHICH THEY CAN DO SO. IT IS THE MOST DIRECT AND DEMOCRATIC WAY POSSIBLE, THAT OF THE REFERENDUM. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE VERY EXCEPTIONAL SITUATION IN WHICH WE ARE NOW, I HAVE THEREFORE DECIDED, ON THE GOVERNMENT'S PROPOSAL, TO SUBMIT TO NATIONAL SUFFRAGE A DRAFT LAW BY WHICH I SHALL ASK THE PEOPLE TO GIVE THE STATE, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE ITS CHIEF, A MANDATE FOR RENEWAL. FRENCHWOMEN, FRENCHMEN, IN THE MONTH OF JUNE YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION IN A VOTE. IN THE CASE OF YOUR ANSWER BEING "NO" IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT I WOULD NO LONGER STAY IN OFFICE. IF YOU EXPRESS YOUR CONFIDENCE IN ME BY A MASSIVE "YES" I SHALL UNDERTAKE WITH THE AUTHORITIES AND, I HOPE, THE CONTRIBUTION OF ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO SERVE THE COMMON INTEREST, TO MAKE CHANGES WHEREVER NECESSARY IN THE NARROW AND OUT-DATED STRUCTURES AND TO OPEN THE WAY MORE WIDELY TO THE NEW BLOOD OF FRANCE. LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC, LONG LIVE FRANCE.'




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PRESIDENT DE GAULLE OF FRANCE, GRAPPLING WITH THE WORST DOMESTIC CRISIS OF HIS TEN-YEAR RULE, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) CALLED A JUNE REFERENDUM AND ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD RESIGN IF THE NATION FAILED TO GIVE HIM A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. HE SAID HE SOUGHT THE REFERENDUM IN AN ATTEMPT TO COUNTER THE DISCONTENT WHICH HAS BROUGHT EIGHT MILLION FRENCHMEN OUT ON A GENERAL STRIKE, AND SENT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS INTO BLOODY STREET CLASHES WITH RIOT POLICE.

    AS THE PRESIDENT WENT ON FRENCH TELEVISION TO MAKE HIS PRE-RECORDED ANNOUNCEMENT, THOUSANDS OF MARCHERS WERE OUT IN THE STREETS OF PARIS IN DEMONSTRATIONS WHICH AGAIN ERUPTED IN VIOLENCE.

    SEVERAL THOUSAND STUDENTS STORMED THE PARIS BOURSE (STOCK EXCHANGE) CHANTING "TEMPLE OF GOLD, TEMPLE OF GOLD."
    THE FOLLOWING IS AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION OF THE EXTRACT FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH SHOWN IN OUR FILM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9C1FGT6DYS6V6M598DBFZEFYL
    Media URN:
    VLVA9C1FGT6DYS6V6M598DBFZEFYL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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