Paris Braces For The Right Of Spring

Last month's proposal by French Socialist leader Michel Rocard to kill off his party--following its expected rout in parliamentary elections on Mar. 21 and 28--seemed at first like campaign suicide. Instead, the ex-Prime Minister's "big bang," as the French call it, is proving a shot in the arm for France's beleaguered left. Although his own seat is in danger, centrists, greens, and Socialists are flocking to his plan to forge a new moderate party, which Rocard hopes can win him France's presidency when Socialist Fran ois Mitterrand steps down in 1995.

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