Trying to Exorcise a Specter

April 1974
Time;4/29/1974, Vol. 103 Issue 17, p42
The article reports on the stoppage of Gaullism in France. It states that the death of Georges Pompidou ended the 16-year monopoly of the presidency of the Fifth Republic. It notes that Socialist Party Leader Francois Mitterrand, who also has the support of France's formidable Communist Party gained 40 percent of the votes from the public opinion polls in the May 5 elections. It reveals that Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estating and Former Premier Jacques Chaban-Delams earned 28 percent and 26 percent vote respectively, which mostly from the Gaullist and middle-of -the-road. It elaborates that if Mitterand can attract enough support from Gaullists or Centrist to give him more than 50 percent vote, it would make him the new president of France.


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