France: Message for Mitterrand

In local elections, voters show displeasure with Socialist rule

Nothing seemed to go right for French President François Mitterrand last week. His Premier, Pierre Mauroy, was chased out of the annual Paris Agriculture Show by the boos of 1,000 hecklers who tossed beer cans at him and shouted, "Resign! Resign!" Army Chief of Staff General Jean Delaunay quit to protest plans to curb military spending by cutting manpower in the armed forces. But the greatest show of displeasure came from a majority of the country's 28 million voters. In the first of two...

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