FRANCE: Down-to-the-Wire Election

The "cold civil war," as one Paris editor described France's fiercely contested presidential-election campaign, continued right down to a bitter end. At times, as last Sunday's election approached, the two contenders seemed more interested in hurling insults than in dealing with the issues. Socialist François Mitterrand, running with Communist backing, accused Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing of being the tool of "these princes, these dukes, these millionaires [who] have not had a new-idea in 15 years." The patrician Giscard in turn scourged his left-wing opponent for running "a violent and nasty campaign" and for trying to revive "the quarrels...

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