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France / Mitterrand #71561

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 11, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan's congratulatory message to Francois Mitterrand with regard to his win of French president election quoted; senior administration officials said optimistic about future US-France relations
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Concern over possible divisiveness in French government discussed; nation's reaction to Valery Giscard d'Estaing's defeat noted. Films shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Paris, France) Reaction of France's stock market to Mitterrand's victory reported; films shown. Anticipated changes in government under Mitterrand examined; possible roles of moderate Jacques Dalour, Communist leader Georges Marchais considered. Probability of socialist-Communist majority in parliament noted. Giscard supporters said blaming Paris Mayor Jacques Chirac for cand.'s defeat; details given.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Studio) Reaction to Mitterrand's election of USSR , Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt reported; Schmidt's relationship with Giscard recalled. Films shown. Mitterrand's personal and political life examined; his response to USSR invasion of Afghanistan, Chilean leader Salvador Allende, W. alliance discussed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Further discussion on French elecs. on tonight's "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Salinger, Pierre

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