The Pen and the Voice

In books, articles, speeches and interviews, the new President of the Fifth Republic has displayed a wide-ranging mind, a precise turn of phrase and a feel for the texture of life. Excerpts:

On the left: To deny that the earth turns, to close one's eyes to new sensibilities, to forget that each generation has its own needs, its style and its language was a very widespread attitude in the traditional milieux of the left. It is an attitude that irritated and worried me.

On the leftist demonstrators of May 1968: Leading the demonstrations were boys under 30 years of age who were imitating...

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