FRANCE,ITALY: A Duel over City Hall


Ever since he angrily quit as France's Premier last summer with the complaint that he was never granted sufficient power, ambitious and driving Jacques ("Bulldozer") Chirac, 44, has been gunning for President Valèry Giscard d'Estaing. At a massive, brilliantly orchestrated political rally last month, Chirac took personal command of the Gaullist party with the clear aim of replacing Giscard as leader of the government's parliamentary majority (TIME, Dec. 20). For a while Giscard loftily dismissed the ruckus as mere subaltern political maneuvering. But last week Chirac flung down a challenge to...

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