Inner Circle

Mitterrand must share credit for his victory with some of the brightest and most dedicated men in French political life. The President-elect has an inner circle of politicians and intellectuals who are not only strong personalities but also have power bases and political clout of their own.

Two members of Mitterrand's coterie have been presidential candidates. Economist Michel Rocard, 50, headed the left-wing Unified Socialist Party in 1969, winning 3.6% of the vote. Last November he tried to win the Socialist presidential nomination, then withdrew when Mitterrand said that he would run. Now...

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