FRANCE: Giscard: The Paris Parlor Game

For several months now, the elegant salons of Paris' 16th arrondissement have been buzzing with gossip about the private life of French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. Ever since the Paris daily Le Monde noted his penchant for mysterious nighttime disappearances from the Elysée Palace (TIME, Dec. 9), a favorite Paris parlor game has been to guess where, how arid with whom the President spends his evenings. Palace officials insist that Giscard's nocturnal wanderings involve nothing more adventurous than dropping in on old friends for a drink and a chat. They contend that...

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