FRANCE: Pompidou's Anthology

Under Charles de "Gaulle, the press conference was something of an art form, with questions submitted in advance and answers carefully wrought and as carefully rehearsed. Georges Pompidou is no match for his predecessor when it comes to turning a phrase, but he has proved quite a whiz at rummaging through his mind and producing an apt quotation or literary reference. The result may not be original literature, but it is nonetheless a rich anthology. At his most recent press conference Pompidou, a former teacher, editor of a collection of French poetry and...

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