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...

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