France: The Great Vacation Flap

Mitterrand's travel restrictions provoke a Juror over "liberty"

Isn't liberty really the possibility of staying or leaving without asking permission, of going toward whatever country or people one chooses, far from the cold gaze of the state?

The resounding phrases sounded gloriously libertarian four years ago. But by last week French President Fracçois Mitterrand must surely have regretted the words he spoke as an opposition leader in 1979. In an effort to help cure an increasingly ailing economy, his government had laid a heavy official hand on one of the most hallowed of French...

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