France: Man of Action

Three years ago, in a runaway bestseller entitled The American Challenge, French Publisher Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, 46, warned that Europeans had better start taking some swift action. The reason, he explained, was not only to head off the massive invasion of Europe by U.S. corporations but, more importantly, to restore the Continent's own waning dynamism. Servan-Schreiber has followed his own advice. Branching out into politics, he has displayed a dynamism that has marked him as an important new force in France's national life.

Running in Nancy as an independent candidate in a by-election for the National Assembly, Servan-Schreiber last week finished...

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