FRANCE: The Left At City Hall

Even in Reims, they have stopped toasting each other

Acrimony between the feuding leaders of France's so-called Union of the Left last week bubbled to yet another boiling point. Communist Party Boss Georges Marchais threatened to destroy what remained of the troubled alliance if François Mitterrand's Socialists continued resisting Red demands for an election platform calling for a sweeping nationalization of the French economy. But for all the political heaves caused by the Marchais-Mitterrand battle on the national level, the Union de la Gauche continued to control the governments of 153 of France's 221 largest cities, a tally rung up last...

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