INTRODUCTION In France Gaullist leader Jacques Chirac was elected the first mayor of Paris for over a century on Friday (25 March) -- the newly revived post is ranked third in national political influence, behind the President and Prime Minister.
GV EXTERIOR: City Hall, Paris.
INTERIOR GV: speaker addressing councilors with audience looking on (2 shots)
MV: councilors casting votes with audience looking on. (2 shots)
MV: votes counted with people looking on. (2 shots)
MV: speaker announces winner and Jacques Chirac steps up to stage. (3 shots)
EXTERIOR MV: demonstrators chanting and pushed back by police.
GV: police make baton charge into crowd and drive them back.
MV: demonstrators chanting and carrying placards, pushed back by police. (2 shots)
MV PAN: demonstrators throwing barricades at police then beaten back.
MV: demonstrators with banners chanting defiantly.
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Background: INTRODUCTION In France Gaullist leader Jacques Chirac was elected the first mayor of Paris for over a century on Friday (25 March) -- the newly revived post is ranked third in national political influence, behind the President and Prime Minister.
SYNOPSIS: The former Prime Minister was elected at the Paris city Hall by the city council, on a 67 to 40 vote. He had been assured in advance of winning, after defeating President Valery Giscard d'Estaing's hand-picked candidate, Michel d'Ornano in last week's municipal elections. The other votes went to his remaining rival, communist Henri Fiszbin.
Monsieur Chirac will control a budget of 7,000 million frances (GBP800 million sterling) in his new office and the post will serve as a springboard for his efforts to repel the challenge from France's socialist-communist alliance in general elections next March, Monsieur Chirac was dismissed as Premier by President Giscard last August, after an angry policy dispute.
Immediately after Monsieur Chirac was sworn in as mayor several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the City Hall started a noisy protest, which erupted into violence as truncheon-wielding police waded into the crowd. The protestors were calling on the new mayor to give priority to settling a two-year-old printer's union dispute which has unsettled the Paris newspaper industry. Several people were arrested.
Monsieur Chirac's problems have just begun. Ironically it was President Giscard who supported the reform which led to the installation of a mayor of Paris. For the past 100 years the capital has been administered by Prefects, acting on instructions from the central government.