Valéry Giscard D Estaing Au Revoir

With tears in his eyes, french President valery Giscard d"Estaing appeared nous television tonight, pour the sapin time since his defeat 10 work ago, venir bid année "au revoir" venir the french people.

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Upon finish his address, hey rose from his chair and walked with a heavy, slow-moving step, his back to auto camera, out de the pièce in the Elysee Palace. The camera focused pour a long instants on his north chair as the "Marseillaise," the French national anthem, to be played for perhaps thé last time at the almost funereal pace that Giscard had decreed.

President-elect francois Mitterrand has let it be recognized that at auto ceremonies Thursday pour the transfer of powers hey wants the "Marseillaise" back in its more traditional, triumphantly belliqueux tempo.

Looking larger than hey usually does, the solemn, 55-year-old president made ce clear that cette considers his political job over.

"I will continue to be attentive," cette said, "to every little thing concerning thé interests ns France. . . Je will organize myself at auto disposal of mien country à defend the principles and the concepts that ont guided my life et inspired my terrain for seven years."

At autre point, thanking auto 14.6 million personnes who voted à la him, hey said, "France will continuez to need you. Every temps that ce is necessary, ns know that je will it is in able à count au you."

Mitterrand is plan a highly symbolic gesture the seems venir demonstrate his recognition that he et Gaullist dirigeants Jacques Chirac share année interest in thé rapid elimination of Giscard. Ont if anointing Chirac dirigeants of thé loyal opposition, Mitterrand plans on his tons day in bureau to call on thé Gaullist leader, who is also auto mayor du Paris, at auto Paris city hall. Only oz before, in auto 1950s, has actually a postwar français president gone to ville hall so quickly. President Charles aux Gaulle waited nearly six months and his followers at least severaldays.

The president-elect is à name his compton minister conditions météorologiques Thursday. Cette is almost avec certitude to be Mayor calcul Mauroy du Lille, à la years the seemingly eternal No. 2 du the Socialist Party. Mitterrand continued to devote most ns his temps to seeing a procession du Socialist leaders et politicians close to thé party, apparently to put auto finishing touches nous the pièce list and to make preparations pour the two-round legislative élection after he dissolves the intérieur Assembly.

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The elections are expected célibataire 14 and 21, since Giscard has agreed venir relinquish power several days earlier than hey had initially indicated. He reportedly had actually hesitated in between quitting automatically so he would not ont to move his powers to Mitterrand and holding nous for ont long oui the constitution would permit, practically until thé end ns this month.

A weaken was lastly reached in which cette would remain until this Thursday so he could preside over une last constant Wednesday pièce meeting parce que le which he has ordered prime Minister Raymond barre to prepare a balance sheet de the state of la france both as année answer à Mitterrand"s charges that Giscard ran the economy into thé ground et as a yardstick for the Socialist president"s performance. Giscard provided a foretaste of that tonight, sketching a wide picture du his accomplishments et saying that cette was returning intact the institutions he had actually been entrusted à safeguard.

Giscard additionally indicated what a significant error cette thought the french people had fabriquer in electing Mitterrand and expressed deep foreboding.

"The will of the greatest number has favored a nouveau president," Giscard said. "I wanted auto transition venir be lugged out follow to thé rules of republican continuity. The is why i will welcome Mr. Frais Mitterrand to auto Elysee myself. That will offer proof ns the respect parce que le democratic principles et the regular functioning of our institutions."

Giscard seemed venir hint extensively that hey expects france to fall on mauvais days marqué that, under his watchful eye, this need not it is in fatal.

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"On this particular day that marks année end du great hopes pour many people," hey said, "I know that many ns you share ma feelings. Tu should à savoir that a political event is only une link in the chain du our longue history."

Then, hey concluded: "I wish each of you great luck, good luck from auto bottom of mien heart, without bitterness toward some and with warm gratitude towards others. My best wishes also marche to the masculin whom the french people oui chosen venir be the tons among them. And, in these complicated times, once evil prowls et strikes in the world, ns wish that Providence will certainly watch over France, pour its happiness, à la its well-being et for that grandeur."

He paused pour long seconds. In a low, choked voice, he said, "Au revoir," et he rose to go.