FRANCE: The Jobert Phenomenon

Since the death of Georges Pompidou last April, the party of Charles de Gaulle has been in a disarray bordering on ruin. In the May election for Pompidou's successor as President, the official Gaullist candidate won only 15% of the vote, and after 16 years in the Elysée, the party saw the presidency go to a non-Gaullist, former Finance Minister Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. Many Gaullists are now turning to another non-Gaullist who, paradoxically, they think may be the savior of their movement. He is Michel Jobert, 53, who, as Georges Pompidou's last...

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