France: Hail the Beleaguered Hero

Washington effusively embraces an embattled Mitterrand

From the moment François Mitterrand stepped off the Concorde in Washington last week, he was accorded a hero's welcome. A booming 21-gun salute and brassy rendition of La Marseillaise greeted the French President on the White House lawn. He was invited to address Congress, a conspicuous honor for a visiting head of state. At a sparkling state dinner, with Ronald Reagan as host, he was feted in the company of such luminaries as Actor James Stewart and Novelist William Styron. Throughout it all, the warm words flowed...

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