France: Mitterrand's Trial by Fire

Mitterrand's Trial by Fire

Ronald Reagan was not the only Western leader facing Iran arms-sales allegations last week. In Paris, the conservative daily Le Figaro published a U.S. Defense Department report alleging that President Francois Mitterrand had been informed of French arms sales to Tehran in 1984 and had done nothing to stop them. The report also claimed that the President's Socialist Party may have received as much as $500,000 in kickbacks on the sales, which allegedly involved 500,000 artillery shells worth $120 million.

Mitterrand acknowledged that he had heard "rumors" of arms shipments to Iran by Luchaire, a French munitions firm. Pointing out that...

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