NBC Evening News for Saturday, May 07, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Stmt. by Premier Jacques Chirac that release of French hostages in Lebanon was not timed to coincide with France's elecs. reported Report introduced.
(Paris, France: Jim Bittermann) President Francois Mitterrand's election strategies against Chirac featured; details given, scenes shown of Mitterrand campaign Chirac's role in release of hostages described. Historical film shown of Mitterrand's political career; Charles De Gaulle mentioned. [Pol. analyst Oliver TODD -says Mitterrand has changed.] Mitterrand's recent sharing of power with Chirac reviewed. [Ex-prime minister Laurent FABIUS - says Mitterrand is "a man for all seasons."] Mitterrand's political pragmatism reiterated.