FRANCE: The Spoils of Gaullism

One of the hallmarks of Gaullist politics as practiced by the late general was the building of an alliance of France's left and right under a national banner of pride and grandeur. For 16 years, that tactic kept the U.D.R. (Union of Democrats for the Fifth Republic) Party of Charles de Gaulle in power. But now that the U.D.R. is in disarray after the elimination of Gaullist Jacques Chaban-Delmas in last week's first round of balloting for the presidency, the nation has fallen back into its traditional polarities, with Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing, 48, representing the right, and...

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