French Elections, 1973

Archive Report

Resurgence of the Political Left

Sagging Popularity of Gaullists Prior to Elections

France once again is in a state of political uncertainty. For the first time in 15 years there is a conceivable alternative to a Gaullist government. The French parliamentary elections, a “primary” March 4 and a run-off March 11, are the first such electoral contests to be held since Charles de Gaulle stepped down as president in 1969. The Gaullists and their allies are torn by dissension and plagued by disclosures of scandals in high places. The opposition, led by a coalition of Communists and Socialists, has been chanting that it's time for a change. To judge from a steady succession of public opinion polls, France could be heading for a leftist government and ...

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