Coming Election of French President
Delayed Announcement of De Geulle's Candidacy
President de Gaulle's announcement of his intention X to seek re-election surprised no one. Although the French leader waited until November 4 to make his candidacy official, it had been virtually taken for granted for months. De Gaulle's success at the polls on December 5 also is taken for granted, but French voters will at least have the satisfaction of participating directly in the choice of their country's chief executive. It will be the first time they have done so since Louis Napoleon (later Napoleon III) was made President of France by popular vote in 1848.1
De Gaulle is asking for more than a simple majority of the ballots cast in this year's election. When he ...