Lionel's Heart

Most French would rather go on vacation with President Jacques Chirac than with Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, according to a recent survey. But whom would they rather have as President? Thatís the question voters will be asked next spring when the two are likely to face off in Franceís presidential election. As part of a pre-election effort to change Jospinís image as an honest but dull and humorless technocrat, Gérard Leclerc and Florence Muracciole have written Jospin: The Enigma of the Conqueror (JC Lattès; 270 pages).

Jospin is a sort of cottage industry for...

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