FRANCE: The Race for Second Place

Throughout the 16-year history of the Fifth Republic, the Gaullists' favorite campaign slogan has been "Us or Chaos"—an unsubtle warning that without their leadership, France would revert to the political turmoil and revolving-door Cabinets of the Fourth Republic. Yet last week it was the Gaullists who seemed to be creating the chaos. President Georges Pompidou died without designating an heir. As a result, there has been such a mad scramble for the Gaullist mantle that Gilbert Grandval, one leader of the movement, begged his colleagues to "stop your unseemly show of ambitions...

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