• Short Summary

    SPEAKING YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO A CROWDED ASSEMBLY AT CHARENTON, NEAR PARIS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH SENATE, M.

  • Description

    1.
    GV INT. CHARENTON ASSEMBLY HALL.
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    2.
    GV ASSEMBLY OFFICIALS ON SPEAKERS' PLATFORM.
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    3.
    CU REFERENDUM NON POSTER.
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    4.
    GV AUDIENCE.
    0.13

    5.
    SV & CU POHER ADDRESSING ASSEMBLY (SOF) SOF STARTS: "IL NE SEMBLE..." SOF ENDS: "... A LA CONSTITUTION."
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 5: POHER: "I FEEL THAT THE FRENCH PEOPLE ARE REALISING LITTLE BY LITTLE THAT, BEHIND THE COMPLEX AND DIFFICULT PROBLEMS WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN PRESENTED THROUGH THE REFERENDUM, THERE IS HIDDEN A BIG QUESTION - WHICH IS, IN A WAY, THE DEMOCRATIC FUTURE OF FRANCE. I WILL SPEAK TO YOU, AS IS MY CUSTOM, IN SIMPLE TERMS. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT I FEEL. I WILL EXPLAIN WHAT IS TO BE FOUND IN THE TEXTS AND, AFTER THAT YOU CAN ASK ME QUESTIONS AS YOU UNDERSTAND THEM, FOR I SHALL NOT ACTUALLY TOUCH ON ALL THE SUBJECTS.



    AS A REFORMER - FOR I HAVE BEEN A SUPPORTER OF REFORMS - AND ALSO AS ONE WHO HAD GOOD RELATIONS WITH THOSE IN POWER, I HAVE NOT HESITATED ONE INSTANT IN CHOOSING MY WAY. IN MY SOUL AND MY CONSCIENCE IT IS A QUESTION OF CHOOSING BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC AND UNCERTAINTY, AND MY CHOICE IS MADE IMMEDIATELY - I AM AND I REMAIN A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT AND I HAVE SO CHOSEN!



    MY PERSONAL WISH IS THAT JUSTICE AND TRUE EQUALITY OF EXPRESSION MUST BE ASSURED TO ALL TENDENCIES OF OPINION. THIS IS WHY I AM SO FIRMLY OPPOSED TO THE INTERIM PRESIDENT BEING BOTH CHIEF OF GOVERNMENT AND CANDIDATE TO THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC AS IS PROPOSED IN THE REFERENDUM. A SINGLE MAN, A SINGLE POLITICAL TENDENCY, COULD BE ABUSIVELY BIASED. IF, TO MY REGRET, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC FEELS HE MUST QUIT HIS POST FOLLOWING THE EVENTUAL NEGATIVE RESULT OF THE REFERENDUM - AND I SAY THIS IN COMPLETE SPIRITUAL PEACE - I WOULD, AS IS MY DUTY AS PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TAKE OFFICE TEMPORARILY UNDER THE CONDITIONS SET OUT IN ARTICLE 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION. I, PERSONALLY, WILL OBEY THE CONSTITUTION."




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    Background: SPEAKING YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO A CROWDED ASSEMBLY AT CHARENTON, NEAR PARIS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH SENATE, M. ALAIN POHER, CONTINUED HIS ANTI-REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN WHICH HE LUNCHED A WEEK AGO. M. POHER IS ON A SPEAKING TOUR OF VARIOUS FRENCH CITIES AND HIS THEME RESTS MAINLY ON THE FACT THAT THE REPUBLIC AND THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE UPHELD.

    IN A SPEECH LAST WEEK ON THE OFFICIAL RADIO AND TELEVISION CHAIN M. POHER CATEGORICALLY DECLARED "DO NOT HESITATE. TAKE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES. ONE VOTES ON TEXTS NOT FOR ONE MAN. VOTE NO TO THE REFERENDUM".

    IN YESTERDAY'S SPEECH HE WAS LESS DIRECT BUT THE THEME WAS THE SAME:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACPIDAXRJRGMINICWM7WT30VRF
    Media URN:
    VLVACPIDAXRJRGMINICWM7WT30VRF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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