World: A New Challenger?

Though two years still remain of his term, France's President Charles de Gaulle has already let it be known that he will run for reelection. In Paris last week, another beret was thrown into the ring, that of breezy, competent Gaston Defferre, 53, mayor of Marseille.

Defferre is the mysterious "Monsieur X" whose virtues as a candidate have recently been touted by the influential left-wing weekly L'Express. The description fitted Defferre so perfectly that few Frenchmen had any doubt whom L'Express had in mind. As the Monsieur X campaign boomed on, Gaullists began to...

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