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France / Mitterrand #276998

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 11, 1981
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(Studio) Fin. community's concern over election of Francois Mitterrand as new French president noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Paris, France) French stock market activity following Mitterrand's victory over Giscard d'Estaing examined; president-elect's personal and political life discussed. Films, photos shown. Charles De Gaulle mentioned. Mitterrand's pol. philosophy outlined; issue of Communist participation in new government, as demanded last night by Georges Marchais, considered. Results of either left-wing or conservative majority following next month's parliamentary elecs. discussed.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(DC) President Reagan's and Vice President George Bush's congratulatory messages to Mitterrand quoted. [State Department spokesperson Dean FISCHER - notes United States interest in composition of French government] Concern over security problems for NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) should Communist participation in French government occur noted.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

Fenton, Tom;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard

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