France: And Now to Business

When France's newly elected National Assembly convened in Paris last week, it was a far different body from the rebellious lower house that toppled Premier Georges Pompidou's government two months ago. Many of the nation's best-known politicians and four of the old party labels had vanished. With the first absolute majority that any political group has ever commanded in the Assembly, Gaullist Deputies wasted no time in re-electing Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Gaullist mayor of Bordeaux, who had been Speaker of the old Assembly.

By contrast with the Assembly, Premier Pompidou's Cabinet was little changed. Key...

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