France: Suddenly, Politics!

For seven years the giant shadow of Charles de Gaulle has all but blacked out the Frenchman's interest in domestic politics. Hence the giant yawn that greeted De Gaulle's announced intention to succeed himself in the first direct presidential election in France since 1848. The nation seemed in for a pointless campaign and another seven years' imperium. But suddenly last week the picture changed. As the official two-week campaign got under way, De Gaulle's opposition — five candidates in all — proved far more alive and kicking than anyone had anticipated.

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