FRANCE: Between Us and Chaos

FOR the first time since the short-lived Popular Front government of Leon Blum in 1936, a radical left-wing coalition seriously threatens to win a parliamentary majority in France. Once again the coalition is headed by a Socialist, Francois Mitterrand, but if it wins this time the Communist Party will play a major role in running things. Next month no fewer than 3,140 candidates will be contesting 490 seats in the National Assembly in what may prove to be the most important and problematic French election since World War II. Despite the ruling Gaullist party's 15-year record of economic achievement,...

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