France: Tending a Neglected Backyard

Tending s Neglected Backyard

Mitterrand tries to calm the critics of his new economic order

The camera panned slowly across a library of leatherbound books and a polished table to a pair of pale, manicured hands and finally to the angular, rigidly expressive face framed in a white collar and blue suit. French President François Mitterrand was on the air, live from his study in the Elysée Palace. In an hour-long Gallic version of a televised fireside chat, Mitterrand delivered the first comprehensive defense of his leftist domestic policies since he took office seven months ago. "Those who chose us want...

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