World: Politics Bordelaise

French newspapers called it "the Battle of Bordeaux." What began as a routine by-election set for this week to elect a Deputy to the French National Assembly has turned into a fracas that could change the drift of French politics for some time to come.

It started mildly enough when Gaullist Premier Jacques Chaban-Delmas announced his candidacy for re-election to the National Assembly from Bordeaux. The French constitution provides that every Deputy of the National Assembly be elected with an alternate. When Chaban-Delmas became France's Premier last year, he was obliged to relinquish his...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!