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Why the defeat?
- Anger at economic slow down
- Neo-Poujadist wave of resentment
- Legacy of May 1968
- Anger at Autocratic style of government
- Suspicions of Napoleonic style of subverting powers to his own benefit
- Pro-Pompidou supporters looking for fresh blood and a change of course
- Tiredness of the general’s idiosyncratic style and isolation of France to little obvious benefit.