COMMUNISTS: Visit from a Rude Emperor

Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev made his first trip abroad last week since he jostled Nikolai Podgorny out of the Soviet presidency (TIME, June 6) and added that largely honorary title to his other calling-card credits. On a three-day visit to France, Brezhnev frequently behaved less like a President than like an emperor.

Instead of first meeting privately with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, as the carefully prepared schedule called for, Brezhnev broke protocol, summoning a number of ministers and other aides from both sides to his temporary residence, Château Rambouillet. the luxurious...

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