FRANCE: Chaban's Return

And Giscard presents some not-so-new faces

In a masterly television address to the nation after the center-right's stunning electoral victory last month, President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing vowed to take into account the desires of the 48.4% who had voted for the left. Specifically, he promised that his Cabinet would contain some new faces who would symbolize the need for social reform in France. But when Giscard unveiled his Cabinet last week, 25 of the 38 senior and junior ministers were old, familiar countenances.

Of the 20 senior ministers named by Giscard, 15 had sat...

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