World: ROUND 1 TO CHOOSE FRANCE'S PRESIDENT

SURPRISE has been the only predictable quality in French politics of late, and when the people of France went to the polls this week to choose a new President, they still had some surprises to offer. According to form, ex-Premier Georges Pompidou ran well ahead of the other six candidates. As expected, he failed to attain a majority of the votes cast, necessitating a run-off election on June 15. His opponent then will be Interim President Alain Poher, and that, too, had been anticipated. What was unexpected was Poher's failure to get more than a quarter of the votes cast. It...

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