France: A Tough Brawl to the Finish

Giscard and Mitterrand square off for the second round

As the contest for the French presidency approached its critical second round, the nation's two veteran political challengers pitched into what promised to be a bruising, strictly two-way brawl to the finish. Center-Right Candidate Valery Giscard d'Estaing was the first to drop his customary Olympian hauteur. In a series of campaign rallies last week, France's incumbent President denounced Socialist Contender Francois Mitterrand as a captive of the Communists. "From now on," Giscard told his supporters in Dole, "whether he wants to or not,...

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