• Short Summary

    THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST BEGAN OFFICIALLY LAST NIGHT WITH SEVEN CANDIDATES IN THE FIELD. ALREADY?

  • Description

    1.
    TV PAN DOWN TO POHER LETTERING DRAWN ACROSS ROAD
    0.08

    2.
    MV & CU JACQUES DUCLOS POSTER (2 SHOTS)
    0.14

    3.
    CU GASTON DEFFERRE POSTER
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    4.
    MV DESTAING POSTER
    0.21

    5.
    CU POSTER OF POMPIDUO
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    6.
    CU LOUIS DUCATEL ON TELEPHONE IN OFFICE
    0.29

    7.
    MV DUCATEL WITH COLLEAGUES AND CAMPAIGN POSTER (2 SHOTS)
    0.48

    8.
    CU DUCATEL TALKING TO COLLEAGUES
    0.54

    9.
    MV DUCATEL SHOWING HIS PUBLICATIONS
    1.09

    10.
    CU PUBLICATIONS 1, PAINTING REPRODUCTIONS 2 DESTINY OF MODERN MAN, 3 A LA FORCE AN POIGNET.
    1.31

    11.
    CU PAN DOWN TO MEDALS.
    1.36

    12.
    CU TO MV DUCATEL BY ONE OF HIS PAINTINGS.
    1.44



    Initials GL/V/CT/MJB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST BEGAN OFFICIALLY LAST NIGHT WITH SEVEN CANDIDATES IN THE FIELD. ALREADY POSTERS ARE PRESENTING THE CHOICES TO THE VOTERS AND SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO WORK IN TRADITIONAL FRENCH STYLE TO PAINT THE CANDIDATES' NAMES ON ROAD SURFACES.

    THE NAME OF THE INTERIM PRESIDENT, M. ALAIN POHER, IS ONE WHICH HAS ALREADY APPEARED DAUBED ON A PARIS STREET. THE 60-YEAR-OLD CENTRIST PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE IS REPORTED TO BE INCREASING HIS LEAD IN PUBLIC OPINION POLLS OVER HIS CHIEF RIVAL, GAULLIST FORMER PREMIER GEORGES POMPIDUO.

    M. POMPIDUO IS PROCLAIMED ON HIS OWN POSTERS AND ON THOSE OF M. GISCARD D'ESTAING, WHO HAS PLEDGED HIM THE SUPPORT OF HIS FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT REPUBLICANS.

    ALSO ON THE POSTERS ARE M. GASTON DEFFERRE, MAYOR OF MARSEILLES, AND OFFICIAL SOCIALIST PARTY CANDIDATE, AND M. JACQUES DUCLOS, THE COMMUNIST PARTY CONTESTANT.

    A SURPRISE LATE ENTRANT IN THE RACE IS THE ONLY INDEPENDENT, M. LOUIS DUCATEL, A 67-YEAR-OLD MILLIONAIRE ENGINEER, WHO IS CAMPAIGNING AS A SUPPORTER OF FREE ENTERPRISE AGAINST OFFICIAL RED-TAPE AND COMPLEX TAXATION.

    THIS FORMER LEADING MEMBER OF PARIS CITY COUNCIL IS AN ENTHUSIASTIC AMATEUR PAINTER AND HAS A LUXURY PARIS APARTMENT HUNG WITH WORKS BY TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND SISLEY, AS WELL A HIS OWN PAINTINGS.

    HE IS ALSO AN AUTHOR, AND HAS PUBLISHED BOOKS WITH TITLES LIKE "DESTINY OF MODERN MAN" AND "PULLED UP BY HIS BOOTSTRAPS" (LITERALLY: BY THE STRENGTH OF THE WRIST). THE SON OF A SHOE-REPAIRER IN THE FAR NORTH OF FRANCE, M. DUCATEL HAS A NUMBER OF DECORATIONS - HE IS AN OFFICER OF THE LEGION OF HONOUR AND HAS THE CROIX DE GUERRE AND THE RESISTANCE MEDAL.

    HE HAS ANNOUNCED HIMSELF AS "THE NEW MAN FRANCE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR, THE CANDIDATE FOR HAPPINESS". HOW FAR HIS "POPULAR CAPITALISM" WILL WIN VOTES IS NOT CERTAIN, BUT ONE OF HIS SLOGANS SHOULD ATTRACT SOME SYMPATHY -- HE IS CALLING FOR THE ABOLITION OF INCOME TAX FOR ANYONE EARNING LESS THE GBP90 (216 DOLLARS) A MONTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9N12B3TWS8F091L7S21226MNM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9N12B3TWS8F091L7S21226MNM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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