FRANCE: The Start of a New Era?

The two men smiled as they emerged from the Elysée Palace last week and shook hands cordially on the marble steps. Only after President Valery Giscard d'Estaing had said farewell to Premier Jacques Chirac did a presidential spokesman announce to reporters that the Premier had just resigned. And only after Chirac had driven back to his own office did he go before TV cameras and angrily declare, "I do not have the means that I believe are necessary to carry out effectively the functions of Premier. I have decided to put an end to...

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