NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 18, 1973
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(Studio) Impt. elections to be held for French National Assembly in 2 weeks Socialist-Communist coalition could win control, and this would be severe setback for President Pompidou.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Paris, France) Conservatives may lose control of Assembly for first time in 15 years Leftist coalition headed by Francois Mitterrand of Socialist party Mitterrand and Communist leader Georges Marche may unseat Gaullists Assembly. It is likely that neither left nor right will have clear majority, so center party may hold balance of power. Gaullists have run France since 1958, and people tired of it. People also tired of scandal connected with Gaullists lately. In 1 case civil servant Gabriel Aronde made public government papers showing Gaullists giving political office and contracts to friends. Nobody arrested but Aronde.
REPORTER: Lloyd Dobyns