France: Return of the Native

After three years of political exile, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has become the first former President since the Fifth Republic wa; founded in 1958 to regain a seat in the National Assembly. Giscard, who was defeated by François Mitterrand in 1981 , captured an impressive 63% of the vote in the department of Puy-de-Dôme regaining a seat he had held repeatedly since 1956. The winner who has made no secret of his desire to be the center-right presidential candidate in 1988, proclaimed his "victory of reason."

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