Former French Prime Minister Michel Debre has been campaigning vigorously in his constituency in the Indian Ocean Island of Reunion for this weekend's (12 March) French general elections.
GV Alley with inscription on wall "Vote Papa Debre".
LV AND CU Man gathering fruit on hillside with waterfall in the background. (2 shots)
GV Valley and snow-covered mountains. (2 shots)
TV ZOOM IN The town of Salazie ZOOM INTO street alongside church.
SV People leaving church.
CU Man out of church shakes hands with two men; the second one being candidate Michel Debre.
CU M. Debre talking to a lady.
LV AND SV People gathering for election meeting. (2 shots)
SV Debre election poster "Pour la Reunion, pour la France"
SV FROM M. Debre speaking at microphone to members of his audience.
SV AND CU Audience listening. (4 shots)
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Background: Former French Prime Minister Michel Debre has been campaigning vigorously in his constituency in the Indian Ocean Island of Reunion for this weekend's (12 March) French general elections. He has represented St. Denis, one of the island's three constituencies, in French Parliament as a Deputy for the last 15 years.
SYNOPSIS: M. Debre, known to his supporters as "Papa Debre" is expected to be returned with a comfortable majority. The picturesque island was occupied by France in the 17th century. It became a French overseas department - or administrative division - in 1946.
It occupies an area of 2,500 square kilometres and lies 175 kilometres southwest of Mauritius.
One of the issues in the election campaign has been high unemployment. During the past 12 years, about 50,000 people have moved to France to seek work.
M. Debre wants an improvement in local industry as a way of creating??? employment opportunities for the islanders who number??? nearly half a million.
Most of the population are in favour of the island remaining French. But a small minority is demanding self-rule.
M. Debre said Reunion's problems could be solved if they made France realise that they really wanted to remain a French department.