• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE SAID TODAY THAT HE WILL RESIGN IF THE FRENCH ELECTORS TURN DOWN HIS PROPOSALS FOR SENATE AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT REFORM IN THE REFERENDUM ON 27 APRIL.

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    GV EXT ELYSEE PALACE
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    CU PRESIDENT DE GUALLE SPEAKING (IN FRENCH)
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    "THE CONTINUATION OF MY MANDATE OR MY IMMEDIATE DEPARTURE NATURALLY DEPENDS UPON THE REPLY THE COUNTRY GIVES TO WHAT I AM ASKING. I AM CONVINCED THAT THE CREATION OF THE REGIONS AND THE RENEWAL OF THE SENATE TOGETHER FORM A REFORM WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR TIMES, AND OUT FUTURE DEPENDS UPON OUR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT."



    "I AM CERTAIN THAT THIS REFORM IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PARTICIPATION WHICH IS THE PATH WE MUST FOLLOW TO MAKE MODERN SOCIETY MORE HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE AND TO AVOID WORSE. I AM SOLEMNLY SUGGESTING WHAT REPLY THE COUNTRY SHOULD MAKE."



    "IF THEREFORE BY CHANCE - AND CHANCE IS THE APPROPRIATE WORD - THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE OPPOSED IT, WHAT SORT OF A MAN WOULD I BE IF I DID NOT IMMEDIATELY DRAW THE CONCLUSION OF SUCH A DEEP RUPTURE, AND IF PRESUMED TO HOLD RIDICULOUSLY TO MY PRESENT OFFICE. IF ON THE OTHER HAD THE COUNTRY GAME ME ITS AGREEMENT I SHOULD BE POWERFULLY ENCOURAGED IN MY INTENTION TO ACCOMPLISH MY MISSION TO ITS CONCLUSION." (SOUND ON FILM ENDS.)




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PRESIDENT DE GAULLE SAID TODAY THAT HE WILL RESIGN IF THE FRENCH ELECTORS TURN DOWN HIS PROPOSALS FOR SENATE AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT REFORM IN THE REFERENDUM ON 27 APRIL.

    THE 78-YEAR-OLD FRENCH LEADER MADE HIS LONG AWAITED DECLARATION IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW IN WHICH HE STRESSED TEF CAPITAL IMPORTANCE FOR FRANCE OF HIS PROPOSALS TO GIVE GREATER POWER TO THE REGIONS AND TO STRIP THE SENATE (UPPER HOUSE) OF LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY.

    HIS DECLARATION BRINGS NEW LIFE TO THE REFERENDUM BATTLE IN WHICH RECENT PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOWED OVERWHELMING APATHY AMONG THE 27 MILLION FRENCH VOTERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAHJY8EHWDPX3M4CYOU4ICAP3R
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHJY8EHWDPX3M4CYOU4ICAP3R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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