Trouble At the Top

Punch and Judy have nothing on Jean-Pierre and Dominique, France's pugilistic conservative politicians. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and his Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin have long discounted press reports that de Villepin is after his boss's job. But last week the gloves came off when de Villepin took to the radio and declared that France needed new policies and direction — and indicated he'd be available to provide that leadership, confessing he was one of those "who all their lives prepare to fulfill missions." Change, he said, should "take ... into account the feelings, hopes, and frustrations being expressed" by a...

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