An Interview with Claude Cheysson

We are new boys. We can say that the king is naked.

A professional diplomat with some 30 years of experience abroad, including long stints in France's former colonies and eight years as a member of the Brussels-based European Commission, Claude Cheysson, 61, is expected to have a strong hand not only in explaining but in shaping Mitterrand's foreign policy. Cheysson took an hour last week to outline his views to TIME Correspondents Henry Muller and Jordan Bonfante. Excerpts:

On differences with Giscard's foreign policy: We shall certainly be much clearer in our statements of foreign policy than the previous government. There won't...

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