The World: Goals for a Complicated Nation

It has often been said by his friends that from childhood on, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was condemned to succeed. He was born with the gifts of good looks and intellectual brilliance from a patrician background. Almost effortlessly, he rose to become one of France's youngest and most powerful Finance Ministers. A few days before his election as President of France, Giscard granted an exclusive interview to TIME Correspondent George Taber. Relaxing over a snack of Roquefort cheese and champagne aboard the Mystere executive jet that he used during the campaign, Giscard discussed his foreign policy and the goals that he has...

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