FRANCE: Chirac: Rousing the Gaullist Ghost

Charles de Gaulle liked to believe that all Frenchmen at heart were Gaullists, ready to respond instantly to his mystic brand of nationalism in times of travail—provided, of course, that the call to glory came from an inspired and iron-willed leader. Last week a generally disgruntled French populace awoke to the clarion of a familiar bugle, and lo, it was playing their song.

The man with the horn was not that elegantly patrician occupant of the Elysee Palace, President Valery Giscard d'Estaing (who is, after all, not even a Guallist, but a member...

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