FRANCE: Then There Were Two

After the death of Georges Pompidou last month, a full dozen candidates entered the race to succeed him as President. This week French voters went to the polls for a first-round election that cut the field down to two, and set the stage for one of the most bitter runoff campaigns in French political history. The contenders: Socialist Leader François Mitterrand, 57, who is running with increasing power, backed by both his own party and the Communists, and Finance Minister Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 48, the first Establishment candidate to win a shot...

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