François Mitterrand and the gangrene of power


“It will be like a deep mourning.” The words were spoken by François Mitterrand when, on March 24th 1993, following parliamentary elections that swept a conservative government to power in France in what was a catastrophe for the Left, he held the last cabinet meeting with ministers of his outgoing socialist government. Mitterrand was to spend the remaining two years of his presidency in political tandem with a right-wing government.

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