The World: Wounded Premier

Across French TV screens flashed the handsome face of Premier Jacques Chaban-Delmas. For once Chaban didn't look like the golden boy of French politics. Somber and severe, he appeared, reported Le Monde, like "a wounded man."

In a Checkers-style speech to his countrymen, the Premier was answering charges that, by taking skillful advantage of French tax laws, he had paid no income taxes whatever between 1966 and 1969 (TIME, Feb. 14). "I obeyed the law applying to everyone," Chaban declared. He supplied no figures, but briefly listed his property, including two houses and two apartments. "Now," said the Premier, "you know as...

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