Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 3, 1969 · Page 53
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French Senate launches drive to prevent its own demise ALL New York Tim*! Service PARIS — Speakers in the French Senate, gatberiflj? what may btcom* its last session in history, set out "on ? last-minute effort yesterday to mobilize public opiihwi against the government's plans to have it replaced by a purely consultative assembly. In a referendum on April 27 French voters will pass upon a complicated bill creating new regions and abolishing the Senate in its present form. Senate President Alain Poher, opening the regular spring session, announced not only that he would campaign for rejection of the government project but also that the Senate would remain in session during the referendum campaign to stage a detailed debate of the government's bill. The Senate action contrasted Sharply with that of the National Assembly, which met for its spring session yesterday but immediately adjouned until after the referendum. The Gaullists have an absolute majority in the assembly, while the Senate is dominated by the opposition. Poher, a moderate, was elected to the Senate presidency last Ocober with the support of the Gaullists. He replaced Gaston Monnerville, a personal enemy of President de Gaulle. Poher accused the Gaullists of rigging the campaign with "abusive propaganda and by keeping opponents off the government controlled television and radio networks." tie accused the government v of linking two independent reforms, the .creation of new regions and the abolition of the ^SfifcS; ^jSS&fiJh, '&fa& itAurfig true fcifccttfra'ie \o Mrtiiiffrr t*.3bte& 4h: <&£?.••&&&. \ypMsft pc have shown that regionalization is generally popular while transformation of the Senate into a purely consultative assembly is not. By now all the non-Gaullist political parties and groups from the Communists to the extreme right have come out for rejection of the reform. The labor unions also have invited their members to vote "no." Their reasons range from basic political opposition to the Gaullist regime to highly technical arguments about the reform. The government, according to all reports from the prov- inches, has been unable so far to overcome the voters' in Man holds off police in water tax dispute SIDNEY (AP) - Infuriated over his water tax, a 70- year-old man held 50 policemen at bay for nearly three hours with a rifle yesterday until he was wounded and ov- ercome by tear gas. Police were called to the man's home by a water utility official who complained of his behavior after an argument over water rates. difference to the project. The latest public opinion poll said that 24 per cent of the voters intended to vote "yes," 23 per cenVfio," and that 34 per cent remained undecided. The president's ever-deepening personal involvement in the referendum campaign makes most observers believe that in the end he will get a majority of "yes" votes. Several factors are working in favor of the regime: — Faced with a choice between President de Gaulle's departure and an unpopular reform measure, the voters are apt to take the latter. This was acknowledged in an editorial yesterday by Charles Hernu, one of the leaders of the non-Communist left, who wrote despairingly about the chances of the opposition and charged the president with "blackmail." — De Gaulle's reconciliation with the United States, highlighted for the second time in less than a month by a cordial Nixon-De Gaulle meeting, is pleasing to the business community and the middle classes, where frequently silent opposition to the regime has been based on this very issue. — There are continued sporadic disorders on the labor front. The Communist-led General Confederation of Labor has called on gas and electricity workers to stage symbolic short walkouts. The current was cut for about two hours in Paris Tuesday morning. Similar interruptions took place in the west of the country yesterday and are scheduled for the north today. Ptoertr, Thwrs., April 3, IM9 Til* Affcflflt Republic 29 WITH THIS COUPON FREE CAR WASH EXPIRES 4/11/61 • WITH GAS FILL'UP (MUST FILL UP) MINIMUM I GALLONS • MOBIL, YNI, AMERICAN EXPRESS CREDIT CARDS HONORED OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK WE GIVE RAIN CHECKS POLISH & WAX SPECML Reg. $25 Value $1195 12 RANCHO CAR WASH 711 GRAND AVENUE AT CORNER VAN BUREN & 7th AVENUE Read Bernie Wynn's shrewd and factual political columns Putting you first, keeps us first. '* * I .» Front to rear: Kingswood Estate Wagon, Concours Station Wagon, Sportvan and Suburban. •« No other wagons have such a capacity for enjoyment Show you what we mean. Say you're in a Chevrolet Kingswood Walk-In Wagon, when suddenly the road becomes nothing but chuckholes and ruts. Only you cmt tell it's rough, You see, the Kingswood floats along on computer'Selected coil springs that smooth even the meanest road. It takes a mighty rough trail to bother you, That's true of our other wagons, too. Take the Concours Wagon. It's our second size, but there's no compromise on room. Put down the back seat and you've got up to 94 cubic feet of cargo space. Maybe you're a bit more serious about the great outdoors. So are we. That's why we offer the Chevy Sportvan. To a camper, this one's like clear skies and no mosquitoes. Add a camper conversion unit and take along beds, stove and the kitchen sink. But we're not done yet: there's also the Suburban, the tough go-anywhere truck that doubles as a car. So before you head out to see the U.S.A., better stop by your Chevrolet dealer's. His Sports-Recreation Dept. is right up your alley. •• v

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