France: Apres De Gaulle

Blossoming chestnuts cast their shade over the bookstalls along the Seine, traffic wheeled insanely around the Place de 1'Etoile and the first tourists with their cameras sank contentedly last week into chairs at sidewalk cafes.

But to French politicians, the coming of spring meant revival of that heady atmosphere they call "Après De Gaulle.'' With presidential elections just two years away, it has simultaneously occurred to many pundits that De Gaulle may become ill, die, be assassinated, or just decide not to run. The infectious presidential fever has spread to all parties. On the non-Gaullist side, possible candidates range...

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