France: To Paris on Business

In the warming atmosphere that has drawn Eastern and Western Europe closer, one frigid holdout has been Bulgaria. Now, the tiny Balkan nation is also thawing a bit. Last week Todor Zhivkov, 55, Premier of Bulgaria and the brisk, burly first secretary of its Communist Party, made his first official trip to Western Europe, spending three days on the French Riviera and three more in Paris with President Charles de Gaulle.

Zhivkov obviously means business. To bring in foreign currency, his government has relaxed visa requirements, and Western tourists are flocking in....

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