France: The Eternal Non

The tumultuous student-worker strike that paralyzed France in May 1968 gave the world its first good look at the New Left, Gallic branch. Last week, for the first time, France voted a genuine New Leftist into office. In the unlikely setting of Les Yvelines, a largely middle-class district outside Paris, Michel Rocard, one of the few party leaders in France to side openly with the May revolutionaries, won election to the National Assembly. Rocard, 39, is the boyish-looking secretary of the tiny Unified Socialist Party (P.S.U.), whose slogan is "worker power, student...

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