France: Madame 19% Flunks Out

Madame 19% Flunks Out

She did not govern quietly, and she did not go quietly. Sharp-tongued Prime Minister Edith Cresson, 58, drew fire while in office for having called the Japanese "ants" and saying that one-quarter of Anglo-Saxon men are homosexuals. In her letter of resignation, she complained that she had not been allowed to "fully complete" her mission.

Only 10 months after President Francois Mitterrand made her the first woman to hold France's second highest office, she was forced to withdraw. Her resignation follows the ruling Socialist Party's humiliating trouncing two weeks ago in regional elections.

Cresson -- scorned at the end of her...

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