FRANCE: On to Round 2

Now, the voters must choose

As France's parliamentary election campaign wound up last week, the candidates virtually scoured the thick French lexicon of political hyperbole. In a fire-and-brimstone attack on Premier Raymond Barre's anti-inflation policies, Communist Party Chief Georges Marchais declared in a Paris speech: "If I believed in God, I would promise hell for anyone who believes in austerity." Barre, for his part, ripped into Socialist Leader François Mitterrand, whose Common Program with the Communists he likened to Dr. Faust's pact with the devil. Said Barre in the city of Caen:...

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