France: Shedding the Shell

"If your grandfather is only 75, turn over your affairs to him for seven years."

This harsh and sarcastic message from France's Socialists appeared last week on auto windshields across the nation, and nobody doubted for a minute who was the target. It was that well-known septuagenarian Charles de Gaulle, who faced an increasingly critical electorate for a second term as President of France. The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine portrayed the general alongside the outmoded French "75" cannon of World War I.

In fact, it was open season on France's haughty ruler, so delicious a spectacle that it was fashionable...

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