France: Socialist with a Lordly View

As the election fight begins, Mitterrand remains above the fray

By midnight Sunday, the last of the 2,700 candidates had registered and the race was on that would decide France's immediate political fortunes.

Once again, campaign posters sprouted across the land like wild flowers after a spring rain. At the behest of France's new President, François Mitterrand, the country plunged last week into its second election campaign of 1981, a lightning, three-week blitz to elect a new National Assembly, one that Mitterrand fully intends to see reflect his own Socialist image.

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