Getting Back to Basics

The record-store owner downtown wants a minimum price for CDs to protect him from cut-price competition. The bosses gripe that France's new 35-hour workweek is making their businesses uncompetitive. And the young man on the street corner with the baseball cap and the gold chain wants more hip-hop concerts. "All there is for me and my friends to do around here is sit on a bench and smoke joints," he complains. On this damp gray morning in the southwestern city of Bayonne, Jean-Pierre Chevènement is out meeting the voters in preparation for the first round of presidential elections on April...

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