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A test for Mitterrand

For weeks residents of the Mediterranean port of Nice have been enjoying striptease by billboard. It began last month, when large signs appeared displaying a bikini-clad blond against the Backdrop of the resort's famed beachfront. She pledged in large letters to TAKE IT OFF, and indeed in the next installment her top was gone. When, in the billboard's third version, the bathing beauty finally showed up in the altogether, the accompanying slogan read: AS PROMISED AFTER 21 MONTHS OF SOCIALISM, I'VE GOT NOTHING LEFT.

That political "exposé" was the work of Nice's neo-Gaullist mayor, Jacques Médecin, who, like...

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