FRANCE: Springtime for Giscard

After the election, a call for cohabitation with the left

Moments after the news flashed across the country that the left had suffered a crushing defeat in France's parliamentary elections, an eerie calm seemed to settle upon the country. Mercifully, one of the most turbulent, strident and bitterly contested elections in France's modern history had come to a close. Some doomsayers had predicted that there would be demonstrations by embittered leftist workers. But apart from a brief, lively election-night march by a few dozen center-right celebrators, observers on the Champs-Elysées noted only the...

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