FRANCE: If the Left Wins

A novel's forecast: collapse

Paris, March 1978. A Socialist-Communist alliance wins control of France's National Assembly; crowds dance in the Place de la Concorde . . . President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing reluctantly names Socialist Party Chief François Mitterrand as France's Premier ... Communists get four of the 19 Cabinet posts, becoming the first party members to gain power in Western Europe since the 1940s . . . Transition appears smooth at first, but then . . .

That is the situation in the opening pages of a new novel published in France last...

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