The Nation: Message to America

from French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing

As one contribution to the U.S. Bicentennial, TIME has invited leaders of nations round the world to speak candidly to the American people through our pages on how they perceive America—its past, its future, its virtues, its faults, above all what they hope and expect from the U.S. in the years ahead. This letter to America, from Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the President of France, is the first in this series:

America has always held an attraction for France, for its explorers, its navigators and its youth. French...

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