France: Beginning a Dialogue

In France last week, as in the U.S., the presidential campaign was hotting up. The Socialist candidate, Marseille's handsome, able Mayor Gaston Defferre, 53, got solid party backing at a congress held in Clichy, north of Paris. Defferre went swiftly on the attack, accusing the Gaullist government of failures in education, housing and road building, and claiming that these objectives could best be met with "Horizon '80," his 15-year plan for strengthening France from 1965 to 1980.

Private Domains. In foreign affairs, Defferre argued for national independence based "on the economic rather than the military level," and hinted that, under...

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