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There was to be a referendum on the election of the President by popular vote on 28 October. The campaign was in full swing and France was taken by surprise.

Until its end, the Cuban crisis shared the headlines with the referendum, each having an influence on the other. In the 23 October issue of Combat, Jean-Claude Vajou put forward the theory that "international tension might well be an asset for De Gaulle".


Le Monde 23 October 1962
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