FRANCE: Giscard Gets the Message

A forced smile flickered occasionally across the President's lean, aristocratic face as he spoke into the television cameras. "The people of France sent a message to those who govern you. I have received it." So saying, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ordered Premier Raymond Barre—who had resigned only an hour earlier—to form a new Cabinet. Giscard, who was on the defensive after his governing coalition's stunning defeat in last month's municipal elections, defined the goals for the government: 1) mapping the country's economic recovery and 2) charting a program to defeat the Socialist-Communist...

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