France: Spoilsport from the Left

In a perverse replay of 1978, Marchais undercuts Mitterrand

It was the biggest Communist Party rally of the French presidential election campaign. Thousands of students and workers marched across Paris to the historic Place de la Bastille. Many carried banners with familiar bread-and-butter Slogans: WE WANT HOUSING AND JOBS and PRODUCE FRENCH. Caravans of buses filled with activists poured in from the provinces. With rope and tackle, a mountain climber managed to hoist a red flag to the summit of the square's monumental central column, where it fluttered from the arms of a...

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